Boulder man beaten with baseball bat during robbery dies, DA says

Luke Pelham, 18, appeared in court after he participated in an assault against a developmentally disabled Boulder man on March 31, 2014.

Luke Pelham, 18, appeared in court after he participated in an assault against a developmentally disabled Boulder man on March 31, 2014.

BOULDER, Colo. — A developmentally disabled Boulder man, who was beaten with a baseball bat and golf club during a burglary on March 31, died Tuesday morning.

On Monday, Boulder Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean Finn said Aaron Tuneberg, 30, was not expected to survive his injuries. He confirmed Tuesday morning that Tuneberg had passed, according to Boulder’s Daily Camera.

Shortly before midnight on March 31, police received a call from a man saying his friend had been assaulted with a baseball bat. Officers arrived on scene to discover a beaten and unconscious Tuneberg inside his apartment in the 5500 block of Arapahoe Avenue.

The attack occurred during the theft of an Xbox video game console, police said.

Austin Holford, 18, and the caller, Luke Pelham, 18, were later arrested in connection with the brutal beating.

LINK: 2 suspects accused in baseball bat beating arrested in Boulder

Pelham told police that Holford intended to steal items from Tuneberg and sell them for money to leave Boulder, according to the arrest affidavit.

Court documents stated that Holford, a new resident to Boulder with a juvenile aggravated assault conviction, persuaded Pelham to help in the beating by telling Holford the victim had attacked his girlfriend.

Holford and Pelham were initially charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault on an at-risk victim, aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary. However, Finn told a judge murder charges would likely be filed if Tuneberg died.

Tuesday morning, Boulder DA’s confirmed to Channel 2 News that they will move to amend the charges, but are unsure when that will happen.

The two teens are scheduled for a status conference on April 15.