LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Three of the four people charged with the October murder of Lakewood resident Rene Perez, 56, were on probation at the time of the crime, according to court documents reviewed by 9Wants to Know.

Lakewood Police (LPD) on Oct. 15 responded to an apartment complex in the 200 block of South Teller Street and found Rene Perez in the parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The area is not far from South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Alameda Avenue.

Perez later died from his injuries.

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LPD on Wednesday announced the four people in custody are:

  • Philippe Destree, 20
  • Dominic Joseph Maestas, 19
  •  Manuel Garcia, 18
  •  Autumn Lucero, 21

All of them have been charged with first-degree murder and other crimes. Two of them had received suspended prison sentences just this year. 

Court records indicate Destree pleaded guilty to a felony drug possession charge in Denver on April 25, 2019.  At the time, a Denver District Court judge offered to suspend a four-year prison sentence. He was then placed on two years of probation.

After pleading guilty to felony car theft, Maestas received a five-year suspended prison sentence in Denver on Sept. 16. He was then placed on 30 months of probation, records show.

Lucero was resentenced to 30 months of probation in July on a 2017 vehicular eluding case out of Lakewood, according to court records.

Court records related to the Rene Perez homicide remain sealed.

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All four suspects are being held without bond at the Jefferson County Jail.

Lucero was in court on Nov. 15. where she was advised of the following charges against her:

  • First-degree murder
  • Three counts conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery
  • Three counts attempt to commit aggravated robbery

Garcia was also advised of eight charges against him on Nov. 15. They include:

  • First-degree murder
  • Second-degree murder
  • Three counts conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery
  • Three counts attempt to commit aggravated robbery

Destree will appear in court Friday afternoon to be advised of the following eight charges:

  • First-degree murder
  • Second-degree murder
  • Three counts conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery
  • Three counts attempt to commit aggravated robbery

Maestas is scheduled to be in court Monday for an advisement hearing for the following charges:

  • First-degree murder
  • Second-degree murder
  • Three counts conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery
  • Three counts attempt to commit aggravated robbery

All four suspects are due in court Feb. 12 for a preliminary hearing. LPD said it appears that Perez was the victim of an attempted carjacking.

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