Co-defendant pleads guilty in Commerce City teacher Andrea Roan's death

DENVER - A man accused of being an accessory in the fatal shooting of a 5th grade teacher leaving her Denver home has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Police say 27-year-old Richard James Leavitt drove the suspected killer to and from the crime scene and helped hide the gun that killed Andrea Roan.

Roan, an Alsup Elementary school teacher, was shot driving away from her home in 2011.

Police found Roan in her car with a gunshot wound to the head after her car crashed into a garage.

Roan had recently ended a brief relationship with her boyfriend Ryan Miller, and a judge had ordered Miller not to contact Roan.

Miller was arrested, he is scheduled to go to trial in April on a charge of first-degree murder.

Court documents obtained by the Call7 Investigators show the gun believed to have been used in the crime was found in Leavitt's backpack.

Leavitt told police he drove Miller to Roan's apartment so Miller could talk to her. Leavitt said he heard a gun shot a short time later and Miller came back to the car and stuck a handgun and clip into the backpack, according to court documents.

Leavitt is scheduled to be sentenced on May 13.

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