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Fred Martinez’s killer is paroled: The brutal murder in 2001 drew national attention to Cortez

The man who murdered a transgendered Navajo teenager in Cortez in 2001 – a crime that drew national attention to the city – has been released from prison. Shaun Murphy, now 36, was paroled to Colorado’s northeast region after serving … Continue reading

Published in September 2019 Tagged , ,

Reflections on the 10th anniversary of a hate-crime killing in Cortez

I was a rookie crime reporter for the Cortez Journal 10 years ago when I got the call that a body had been found down by the sewer ponds on the southern edge of town. At first, we assumed it must be a … Continue reading

Published in June 2011 Tagged , ,