Matthew Burnett, 32, pleaded not guilty to second degree murder in the death of a Westminster man during his arraignment hearing on March 6.
On Aug. 17, 2012 Broomfield police responded to a report of man lying in the street in the 2500 block of 134th Circle and identified the man as James Fernandez, 34, who had spent the evening with Burnett and Carissa Koch at 2551 W. 134th Circle.
Burnett was initially charged with first-degree murder, before pleading guilty to a second-degree murder charge. He also pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child in a separate case after more than 100 videos and images of child pornography were found on his computer during a police search after the death of Fernandez.
Burnett will be sentenced at 10 a.m. on May 23 in Division A of Broomfield County District Court. Koch is charged with accessory to murder after the fact and the destruction of physical evidence. Her trial is set for July 21 in Division A of Broomfield County District Court.