Teen accused of shooting to death Aurora man, 22, acquitted by ArapCo jury


AURORA | Arapahoe County jury last week acquitted an Aurora man accused of killing a person in 2014 outside a city coffee shop.

Devon Demarco Coleman, 19, had been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 23, 2014 shooting death of 22-year-old Ryan William Thompson, of Aurora.

Coleman was 17 at the time of the shooting, but prosecutors charged him as an adult, and with first-degree murder.

After a week-long trial last week, jurors found Coleman not guilty of murder.

Vikki Migoya, a spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County district attorney’s office, said Coleman was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and sentenced to six months in county jail.

Thompson was killed outside a Starbucks near South Chambers Road and Smoky Hill Road in Aurora.

Police said in the days after the shooting that investigators believed the incident stemmed from a dispute between two groups who had an ongoing feud, but investigators said the shooting wasn’t gang-related.

Coleman was arrested two days after the shooting.

According to an arrest affidavit filed against Coleman, police reviewed surveillance footage from a nearby business showing Coleman and Thompson arguing in the parking lot shortly after the car Coleman was riding in pulled up.

During the argument, a man witnesses identified as Coleman pulls out a gun and shoots Thompson before fleeing the scene.  Police said in the affidavit that investigators relied on social media to identify Coleman before arresting him.

Coleman’s lawyer, public defender Kristin Bailey, declined to comment on the case.