Denver jury finds Oscar Villegas-Ortega guilty of murder


A Denver jury convicted a 23-year-old of murder Thursday for shooting a man to death during a fight that spilled out of a 1-year-old’s birthday party into a restaurant parking lot two years ago.

Oscar Villegas-Ortega was charged by the Denver District Attorney’s Office with murdering 30-year-old Fausto Marquez in 2020.

After a day-long deliberation, the jury found Villegas-Ortega guilty of first-degree murder with extreme indifference, manslaughter and first-degree assault, according to a news release from the Denver DA’s office.


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