BOULDER — Boulder police have identified a current prison inmate as a suspect in a 1994 murder.
David John Trujillo, 37, is suspected of killing David Eugene Cox, 55, in January 1994, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by Boulder Police Detective David Spraggs.
The search warrant authorized police to obtain saliva, blood and hair samples from Trujillo, to compare his DNA to evidence discovered at the crime scene.
Cox was found dead in a trailer at Boulder Meadows, 4500 19th St., on Jan. 4, 1994, but it’s not clear when he died. His body had started to decompose, and he was last seen on New Year’s Day of that year, police said.
According to the affidavit, Cox died from massive head injuries after being bludgeoned with a cast-iron teakettle.
Boulder police reopened the case in 2004, but offered little comment Wednesday.
“Boulder police are investigating and reopening this case to take a fresh look,” said Mary Huron Hunter, a city spokeswoman.
Spraggs would not talk about the case.
Trujillo is due to be released from the prison in Cañon City on March 26, according to the search warrant. Because the police department will not comment, it’s not clear if he will be arrested before he is released from prison.
Before requesting the DNA sample, police determined a fingerprint found on a condom wrapper at the murder scene matched Trujillo’s, according to the affidavit.
Also, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has determined that DNA found at the murder scene matches DNA listed in the Colorado convicted offender database, Spraggs said in the affidavit. However, the CBI will not confirm the DNA matches Trujillo’s until it receives samples from the suspect.
A CBI investigator did not return a call seeking information about when the DNA results might be available.
Three other suspects in the case did not match the DNA found at the scene, according to the affidavit.
Trujillo has an extensive criminal history in Colorado, according to Colorado court records. In Boulder County, he pleaded guilty to attempted theft in 1990 and to theft of more than $400 in 1992. He was charged with escape in 1994 and 1995, and sentenced to prison for all four cases, according to court records.
In 2001, Trujillo was arrested in Mesa County and charged with felony menacing, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison. He was arrested again in 2003 and pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired.
He currently is in prison for violating parole, Spraggs said in the affidavit.
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