Murder charges filed in baseball bat beating death of mentally disabled man over an Xbox

BOULDER - First-degree murder charges face two teenagers accused of beating a mentally disabled man to death over an Xbox.

Austin Holford and Luke Pelham, both 18, were charged Tuesday in the beating of Aaron Tuneberg, who died earlier in the day. The Daily Camera reports Pelham is being held on $100,000 bail, while Holford, who also is accused of failing to appear in a misdemeanor case, is being held on $500,000 bail.

Police say Tuneberg suffered serious head injuries when he was beaten with an aluminum baseball bat and a golf club during the theft of a video game console on March 31.

Holford allegedly told police he wanted to sell the video game console so he could leave Boulder, arrest records show. Meanwhile, Pelham says he stood guard with a golf club at the bottom of the stairs and overheard the attack.

Pelham's lawyer said in court that his client has the mental capacity of a child and was tricked into helping.

Pelham and Holford also are charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. They are scheduled to appear in court again April 15.

Both of the suspect declined to speak with 7NEWS reporter Jaclyn Allen on Tuesday.

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