Murder charges filed in Boulder bat beating

BOULDER - Two teenagers admitted their involvement in the beating death of a 30-year-old developmentally disabled man. Aaron Tuneberg was murdered with a bat.

Luke Pelham and Aaron Holford, both 18, have been charged with first degree murder, among other things. If convicted, they could spend the rest of their lives in prison.

Based on the police report, Tuneberg may have known at least one of his attackers. Pelham was the one who called 911. He told police he went to Tuneberg's apartment March 31 to get a friend's guitar. However, his real reason for visiting the victim, police say, was to check if the 30-year-old was alone.

Court records show Holford was right behind Pelham him with a bat. Holford told Boulder police he wanted to teach Tuneberg "a lesson," because Tuneberg allegedly assaulted a friend of his.

According to court records, the lesson, in Holford's mind, involved an aluminum bat and hitting Tuneberg with it - over and over and over again.

Court records say the two teens left Tuneberg's place, disposed of the bat and a golf club. They later returned to Tuneberg's apartment to check if he was still breathing - he was. Court records say they then took his bike, Xbox and an iPod speaker.

Tuneberg fought for his life for a week. He died on Tuesday. Since his death, both teens have been charged with first-degree murder.

The victim's family didn't want to speak to 9NEWS Wednesday.

Both teens are being held without bond. They declined our request for an interview.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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