Monday, July 18, 2011

Not guilty plea in 'Birdman' slaying

A man accused of killing a popular northwest Aurora resident last spring in a yard near East Colfax Avenue and Havana Street pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree murder. 

Jeffrey Foos, 49, entered the plea during arraignment in Adams County District Court, according to court records. 

Foos is scheduled to go on trial in December. 

Police arrested Foos on a first -degree murder charge March 27, 11 days after Timothy Blackburn, 53, was found dead in front of a home in the 10300 block of East 16th Avenue, a block northwest of Colfax and Havana.

Police later said Foos and Blackburn were “acquaintances,” but declined to discuss further details about the case.

Foos has been held without bond at the Adams County Jail since his arrest. 

According to an arrest affidavit, Foos stabbed Blackburn with a large hunting knife during a dispute over Foos’ van. The van had been stolen and Foos believed Blackburn knew where it was, the affidavit said.

A judge ruled last month there is ample evidence for Foos to stand trial. 

In the days after Blackburn’s slaying, police released his mug shot in hopes that someone would recognize the well-known northwest Aurora resident who went by the nicknames “Bird” and “Birdman.”

According to state records, Foos has been arrested dozens of times since the early 1980s on charges including assault, failure to appear in court and harassment.

Police have not released Foos’ mug shot.

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