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Bond agent's 'protection' found guilty of murder

Posted: 1:59 PM, Jun 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-08 19:59:29Z
Bond agent's 'protection' found guilty of murder

A man who went with a licensed and armed bond agent as her "protection" has been found guilty of murder.

Prosecutors said bond agent Leslie Barrett and her business partner, Billy Edward Scott, went Troy Pittman's home in Arvada in March 2015.

"Mr. Pittman had put up collateral for a woman who had failed to appear for a court date," prosecutors said.

Barrett testified that Scott was her business partner and accompanied her that day to act as protection for her.

When the two arrived at Pittman's home, Scott burst into the garage, uninvited, and attacked Pitman, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Pitman’s brother was also in the garage and when he attempted to break up the scuffle, Barrett pulled out a gun and pointed it at them.

"Billy Scott ran behind Leslie Barrett, put his arms around her, and his hands over her hands, on the gun and pulled the trigger," prosecutors said. "Pitman was shot once in the back. He died of his injury."

After a seven day trial, the jury took just two hours this week to find Scott guilty of first degree murder - after deliberation, first degree murder - felony murder, three counts of burglary, menacing with a deadly weapon and four violent crime counts.

He faces another trial next week for allegedly being a habitual criminal.

Barrett pleaded guilty to accessory to murder and menacing in February. She'll be sentenced next week.

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