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Man charged in killing of man who cut in line for showers at National Western Complex

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 15:49:52-04

DENVER — A man police suspect of stabbing to death another man for cutting in line for the showers at the National Western Complex was charged.

Christopher Smith, 38, was charged with one count of first degree murder for the stabbing death of Jared Villaluz-Jones, 21, on June 16.

The National Western Complex is being used as a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic and Smith was staying there when it is alleged he fatally stabbed Villaluz-Jones in the neck.

The incident began after the victim cut in front of Smith, who was in line for the shower and continued in the dormitory area of the facility, according to an affidavit obtained by Denver7 Tuesday.

Witnesses report that a verbal altercation ensued and Smith pulled out a knife and began stabbing Villaluz-Jones, police said.

After the attack, witnesses said Smith threw the knife on the ground, walked away and put his hands behind his head and waited for police to arrive, the document states.

During an interview with investigators, Smith said he had no remorse of feelings for what he is alleged to have done and took full responsibility, according to the affidavit.

“Smith repeated several times that he knew what he did was wrong, he had just had enough, and he had no feelings about anything, including killing the male,” the affidavit read.