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Man faces murder charge in Boulder stabbing

Garrett Littenberg, 27, was arrested in connection to the homicide.

BOULDER, Colorado — A Boulder man faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the fatal stabbing of his roommate, according to the Boulder Police Department.

At about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a home in the 1600 block of Zamia Avenue on a report of a disturbance. 

According to an arrest affidavit, when officers arrived, Garrett Littenberg, 27, yelled that he was "unarmed" and coming out with his hands up. He was subsequently arrested. Officers also discovered a man's body on the floor of the home. He was identified Thursday as 30-year-old Kurt Smolker.

Investigators later spoke with Littenberg's mother, who said she received a call around 10 p.m. from someone who said Littenberg wasn't acting right, the affidavit says. While she and other family members were on the phone with Littenberg, they overheard what they believed to be a physical altercation. The name of the person who called Littenberg's family is redacted from the affidavit.

Family members told investigators Littenberg had been taking medication for anxiety and psychosis, according to the affidavit. 

Littenberg and the victim both lived at the home, police said. Littenberg was booked into the Boulder County Jail and is due in court Thursday morning.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to contact Detective Starks at starkse@bouldercolorado.gov or to call 303-441-3067.

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