Russell Britton makes first court appearance in Nathaniel Tallman murder case

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - A Colorado man made his first appearance in court Tuesday in the murder of Nathaniel Tallman, a 25-year-old Lafayette man who disappeared in January.

The judge read Russell Britton, 58, his rights, but set no bond, according to the Boulder Daily Camera. Britton is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder.

According to a police report, Tallman planned to meet Britton for a marijuana deal the night he disappeared.

Tallman left his house in Lafayette on Jan. 21 and wasn't heard from again.

Phone records show calls between Tallman and Britton leading up to the meeting, investigators said. The last call was at 6:41 p.m. on Jan. 21.

Britton told investigators Tallman never showed up for the meeting. However, the police report said Tallman's phone last pinged off cell towers very close to Britton's home on South County Road 21 in Larimer County.

Tallman's body was found Thursday in eastern Wyoming.

A search of Britton's van turned up blood that matched Tallman's DNA profile, police said. Britton had told investigators Tallman had never been in the van.

An autopsy confirmed Tallman died of a gunshot wound.

-- Second arrest in case

Investigators have also arrested Moises Cazares Mendez, 26. He is being held in San Diego on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Investigators aren't saying how Mendez is linked to the crime.

They say he is awaiting extradition back to Colorado.

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