Friday, October 3, 2014

Convicted: Black male murdered newlyweds during home invasion

Sgt. David Dunlap, 37, and Whitney Butler, 35 were recently married and ready to start a new family.

The newlywed soldier and his pregnant wife returned to their Colorado home where they surprised a 17-year-old home invader.

Evidence reveals that Macyo Joelle January shot Dunlap in the back of the head. His victim may not have known the predator was in his home. The soldier's wife was apparently shot in the back of the head when she leaned over her husband.

January, now 19, will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

The crime occurred in Colorado Springs home Jan. 14, 2013.

The conviction was reported October 3, 2014 and sentencing is scheduled October 22.

From our news source we read:
Dunlap and Butler were both shot from behind as they walked through the front door. Officials say evidence suggests that Butler was shot in the head as she leaned over her husband's dead body, according to The Gazette.

A jury deliberated for three-and-a-half hours and the case that went on for 1 1/2 years -- overlapping what would have been the couple's two-year anniversary -- ended with January being found guilty of the slayings.

January will be sentenced Oct. 22. He is being sentenced as an adult which means he will face life in prison, however, because he was 17 at the time of the double-murder, there is chance for parole after 40 years, The Gazette reports.

anuary was also convicted of burglary, theft, and aggravated motor vehicle theft. There was no murder charge for the 13-week-old fetus Butler carried the day she died, in accordance with state laws, authorities say.

The Gazette reported that January showed no emotion when the jury unanimously found him guilty in front of 4th Judicial District Court Judge Deborah Grohs.

In the courtroom, Maryln Dunlap -- Sgt. David Dunlap's mother -- wept inconsolably while, just feet away, January reportedly smiled and hugged his attorneys following the verdict.
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