DA seeks death penalty for inmates in Limon prison stabbing death
October 19, 2006
CENTENNIAL – Prosecutors have announced they will seek the death penalty for two prison inmates accused of stabbing another inmate to death in March 2004.David Bueno, 42, and Alejandro Perez, 28, were charged last week with first-degree murder after deliberation in the death of Jeffrey Heird, 40, in the Limon Correctional Facility.District Attorney Carol Chambers, whose district includes Lincoln County, where the prison is located, announced her decision to seek the death penalty on Wednesday. She said she would not seek the death penalty for Michael Ramiriez, 33, also charged with first-degree murder after deliberation in the case.Bueno is serving a 24-year sentence for burglary. Perez is serving 32 years for second-degree murder. Ramirez is serving 10 years for assault.Bueno also faces charges of conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder and Perez also faces a conspiracy count, both stemming from the slaying of Heird. Chambers said other inmates at the Limon prison also could face charges in Heird’s death.The case file has been sealed.Chambers said one factor in her decision to seek the death penalty could be killing a witness to keep someone for being arrested and prosecuted.”That particular aspect, that particular aggravator, is in part related to the case,” Chambers said.Heird’s criminal history included a conviction in Utah for the 1991 murder of a gas station attendant he had kidnapped in Cortez, Colo.Two men are currently on Colorado’s death row while their cases move through the appeals process.Edward Montour Jr., 39, was convicted of murder in the death of a guard at the Limon prison in October 2002, Nathan Dunlap, 32, was convicted of killing four people in an Aurora pizza restaurant in December 1993.