Denver DA: Cold case murder suspect captured in Las Vegas
DENVER — A man believed to have been involved with a Denver homicide cold case was captured in Las Vegas, Nev. earlier this month.
George Allen IV, 34, of Sacramento, Calif. was apprehended by law enforcement in Las Vegas in connection to a homicide case from 2004, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
According to a press release from the office on March 14, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey formally charged Allen with one count of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Kurt “LK” Levias Jr.
The charges issued by Morrissey stated that Allen shot and killed Levias early in the morning on Aug. 4, 2004 during an quarrel outside the Bluebird Theater at 3317 Colfax Ave. in Denver.
While no arrests were made at the time of the incident, the DA’s office said the Denver Police Department have continued their investigation.
New information regarding the case was uncovered in 2010 after an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” aired. The DA’s office said additional information was received in 2013 from the Homeland Security Investigations Office in San Diego. This, combined with DNA evidence and traditional investigative work, led to identifying Allen as the suspect in the case.
Sherri R. Landrum, Levias’ mother, told Channel 2 News that Allen confessed to the crime, and is expected to arrive in Denver Wednesday.
“I can’t tell you how elated I am (about Allen’s capture),” said Landrum. “Now, after ten long years, my son can finally rest in peace. And my daughters and little sister, who were there to hold him as he took his last breath, can have closure.”