Trials Ordered in Sanders Murder

A Douglas County judge has ruled that there is enough evidence for a murder case to go to trial. Absalom Scott and Jacquez Clifton both face First Degree Murder and Felony Weapon Charges related to the death of Frank Sanders.

Sanders was shot to death in his apartment at 33rd and Howard.

Three men, Scott, Clifton and Rico Larry, were all allegedly in the home when the gun went off.

On Monday, homicide detective Ryan Davis testified about his interviews with the men. He said all three told him they went to the home to buy marijuana from Sanders and that he was shot in his bedroom. But that's about all they could agree on.

Detective Davis said it's unclear based on his interviews with the men, who was in the bedroom when Sanders was shot. All three of them have pointed fingers at each other.

Davis testified that one of the men told him Clifton was talking about wanting to commit a robbery. He also mentioned wanting to buy marijuana. It was then that they went to Sanders home.

Davis said a witness he interviewed who was at the home during the shooting said she recognized the men and thought they were just there to buy drugs. A few minutes later she heard a struggle in the bedroom and a gunshot. She then allegedly saw Sanders run from the bedroom and collapse in the hallway.

According to Davis, the men all say they ran from the house at that point and drove away from the scene together. Davis also said one of the men told him Clifton was threatening them about talking to police.

Larry, who is currently facing accessory charges, also allegedly told Davis that he saw a gun in Clifton's waistband when he was dropped off at home and that Clifton told him he would have shot more if the gun hadn't jammed. Police say they never found the weapon.

Most of the debate Monday focused on one comment about Clifton wanting to commit a robbery.

Prosecutors say that because there were only small amounts of marijuana and no cash in the home, this must have been a robbery, and therefore there was a case for possible First Degree Murder.

Judge Harmon agreed with prosecutors that even though most of the evidence is circumstantial, there is enough there for trial.


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