Convicted murderer charged in string of other crimes

KUSA - A man convicted of opening fire on a group of people trying to leave a house party – killing one – is still being prosecuted for numerous other unrelated crimes across the city of Denver. 

Darius Ratcliff, 21, was convicted Monday of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder after a four day trial in Denver, the district attorney’s office says. 

Ratcliff was found guilty of killing one man and injuring three others in a November 2015 shooting in the 100 block of South Bannock Avenue. 

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When he is sentenced in December, he will also learn his fate for a conviction stemming from a July 31, 2016 traffic stop when prosecutors say he fired his gun at police officers following a pursuit. 

One of the officers returned fire and hit Ratcliff in the abdomen – and he has since been charged in a series of other crimes.

Those included a burglary at a marijuana dispensary, and briefly escaping from custody while he was being escorted from the Denver city jail to Denver Health Medical Center on Sept. 23, 2016. 

Ratcliff is also charged with four counts of attempted murder in connection to a drive-by shooting that happened on Sept. 27, 2015 in the 3300 block of North Colorado Boulevard. 

Prosecutors will discuss the status of these cases during Ratliff’s sentencing hearing for the two other convictions on Dec. 22. 
 

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