DENVER - For the first time, the mother of a 2004 cold case murder victim faced the suspect accused of shooting and killing her son.
George Allen IV, 34, is charged with one count of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing Kurt Levias in the early morning hours of August 4, 2004. The shooting allegedly followed a fight that spilled out of the Bluebird Theater at 3317 East Colfax Avenue.
Allen was in court for the first time Friday morning.
"For ten years, we didn't know how to feel," said Sherri Landrum, Levias' mother.
Landrum said her son had punched a man during the fight while trying to protect his sisters. The man shot her son six times, she said.
"It's a very emotional thing," Landrum said after the hearing Friday. "To face the man that took your son's life is like, 'Wow, I've waited ten years for this. I've seen pictures, I've seen stories.' Facing him was like, 'Wow, this is really happening.'"
Allen's arrest followed information received after an episode of America's Most Wanted and leads uncovered in 2013 by Homeland Security Investigations, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney. Together with DNA evidence, those leads helped to identify Allen as a suspect.
"I just want him to know, I'm sure he's hurt. He's forgiven from my heart. From Kurt's mother's heart," Landrum said. "He is forgiven."