A district court judge has ruled that Macyo January, a teen accused of murdering a newlywed couple in their Colorado Springs home earlier this year, will be tried as an adult. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, 4th Judicial Court Judge Deborah Grohs stated upon handing down her ruling on Thursday that January had spurned past attempts at reform and would be unlikely to accept such opportunities in a juvenile institution.
January was 17 on January 14, 2013 when he allegedly shot and killed 37-year-old Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his 35-year-old pregnant wife, Whitney Butler. Dunlap and Butler were each shot upon entering their home late that morning following a report from the security company that their residential burglar alarm had gone off. At the time of their deaths, the two had been married for only a few months and were expecting their first child -- a daughter they planned to name Riley Marie -- the Gazette reported.
Even though he will be tried as an adult, January -- now 18 -- is ineligible for the death penalty. Colorado's capital punishment law prohibits a death penalty sentence from being given to those who are under 18 at the time of the crime.
According to a May report from KRDO, January also faces charges in a unrelated crime in which he is accused of breaking into the home of an elderly woman twice during a four month period, each time beating her and forcing her into a closet and then stealing from her. The woman reportedly recognized January after he was arrested for the murders of Dunlap and Butler.
The Denver Channel reported that Dunlap had only arrived at Fort Carson two months before his death. A combat veteran, he had served nearly ten years in the Army and received a number of honors.