15-year-old boy charged in deadly stabbing in Lakewood in court Monday

Miguel Angel Ita may be tried as an adult

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The 15-year-old boy charged in a deadly stabbing in Lakewood had a hearing scheduled for Monday.

Prosecutors are seeking to try Miguel Angel Ita as an adult in a stabbing that killed one man and injured two others in Lakewood.

Ita is accused of killing Jose Barrera-Mendoza, 22, on April 21. Ita faces 18 counts, including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

Lakewood police said they arrived at 285 S Jay St. around 1:50 a.m. to find three people in a parking lot with injuries from the stabbing. One victim had “relatively minor injuries,” while the other two were transported to a hospital, police say.

Jose Barrera-Mendoza died of his injuries at the hospital.

Police arrested Ita at the scene.

The District Attorney of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties wants to try Ita as an adult.

Ita appeared in court Thursday to be advised of the charges against him. Prosecutors filed a request for a transfer hearing, but no date has been set.

Ita is being held without bond at the juvenile detention center.

The arrest affidavit remains sealed at this time.

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