Convicted murderer to spend life in prison for stabbing a Denver man to death with a screwdriver

BRIGHTON, Colo. - After inexplicably stabbing a 22-year-old man to death, a young man from Denver will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Hector Alvarez-Martinon, 19, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on Jan. 31. The trial showed that he was riding in the backseat of a Cadillac Escalade driven by Alex Hernandez. Francisco Javier Moran, 22, was in the front passenger seat when Alvarez-Martinon began stabbing him with a screwdriver, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Hernandez pulled the car over and Moran jumped out near the Eastgate Mobile Home Park in Brighton. Both Hernandez and Alvarez-Martinon got out of the SUV and chased Moran through the mobile home park, according to police. Sgt. Mark Kohn of the Brighton Police Department told 7NEWS that witnesses said Moran was yelling for help.

Police found Moran still alive and covered in blood. He told the police that it was “Hector Alvarez” who stabbed him, and died shortly after at the hospital. Moran was stabbed more than 64 times in the head, neck and arm.

The stabbing was described as “unparalleled violence” and “stunning brutality” by Adams County District Judge Mark Warner. A motive for the crime was not provided by investigators.

Hernandez is also charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to stand trial starting March 3.

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