Owen being held without bond

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A man is dead and a woman is in the Arapahoe County jail after an attack in an Englewood alley.

Forsythia Eliese Owen, 30, is jailed without bond, suspected of beating 42-year-old Denzle Rainey to death with a baseball bat in the alley between the 3600 blocks of South Grant and South Sherman strets.

After a man found Rainey bleeding badly in the alley, Englewood police arrived at the scene a little after 1 a.m. on Sept. 22. Rainey was taken to Swedish Medical Center and died from injuries received in the beating. An autopsy showed he had suffered serious head injuries, two broken arms, a broken left hand, six broken ribs and a laceration to his liver.

Police had already spoken with Owen, but as the investigation continued, they interviewed her a second time about 2 p.m. Sept. 23. According to the arrest affidavit, Owen told officers she believed Rainey had sexually assaulted a child. When asked if she was responsible for the man’s death, she reportedly stood, said she killed him and swung her arms back and forth to demonstrate how she had hit Rainey over and over with a bat.

When officers tried to advise her of her rights, she reportedly said she needed a lawyer. But the affidavit states after she signed the papers certifying she had been advised of her rights, she agreed to continue talking to officers without a lawyer present. During that discussion, the affidavit states she told officers she learned Rainey was sleeping in the alley, took a baseball bat from her residence, went to where he was sleeping and began beating him. She told officers he was still breathing when she left the alley to return home.

She was arrested and taken to the Arapahoe County jail.

 

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