Charges filed in Denver marijuana dispensary shooting
December 23, 2009
DENVER, Colorado – A man accused of trying to rob a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver is now charged with attempted first-degree murder.
Denver prosecutors said Wednesday that 21-year-old James Leyva also is charged with second-degree assault, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and three counts of attempted aggravated robbery in what police describe as an attempted holdup with shots fired Dec. 16.
Police say there have been at least 25 robberies or burglaries related to medical marijuana since July, with 13 of those involving dispensaries. The others were in homes.
Leyva is jailed on a $150,000 bond. It is unknown if he has hired a lawyer. He is due to be formally advised of charges against him Monday.