Moises Mendez and Daniel Ortiz due in court for formal charges in Nate Tallman murder case

BOULDER, Colo. - Two of the three men accused of murdering a Lafayette man during a drug deal are due in Boulder County Court Friday.

Moises Mendez and Daniel Ortiz will be formally charged in connection with the shooting death of Nate Tallman.

According to a police report, Tallman was shot to death in January after planning to meet a third suspect for a marijuana deal. Mendez was later arrested in California and Ortiz was arrested in Fort Collins for a driving charge.

Ortiz was on parole after serving a five-year prison sentence for a 2009 conviction in Adams County for aggravated motor vehicle theft and felony vehicular eluding police, court records state. Ortiz also has prior arrests for drug possession, illegal weapon possession and DUI.

Mendez' record includes arrests for menacing, domestic violence and for being a habitual traffic offender.

The third suspect, Russell Britton, was in court earlier this week. He was the first to be charged in the case, but is not accused of a hands-on role in the killing.

However, he is charged with first-degree murder because prosecutors allege that, while Britton was committing the robbery, Tallman died "in the course of or in furtherance of that crime, or in the immediate flight" after the robbery.

Britton is charged with being an accessory, who "unlawfully and feloniously rendered assistance to Moises Mendez and Daniel Ortiz, with intent to hinder, delay, or prevent the discovery, detection, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, or punishment of Moises Mendez and Daniel Ortiz for the commission of a crime, knowing that person committed the crime of Murder in the First Degree," according to a criminal complaint.

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