Charges Filed in Fatal Lakewood Apartment Fire

GOLDEN, Colo. (Nov. 10, 2022) – District Attorney Alexis King announced today that charges have been filed against two juveniles for the fire at the Tiffany Square apartments in Lakewood on Oct. 31, 2022.

All residents of the 32 units were displaced. Ten people were injured, and two victims died, 31-year-old Kathleen Payton and 10-year-old Jazmine Payton-Aguayo.

On Nov. 6, 2022, both juveniles were arrested by the Lakewood Police Department. On Nov. 7, 2022, they appeared in court and were ordered to remain in custody without bond.

Today, the following charges were filed against each juvenile:
Note: Each count, including sentence enhancers, is connected to individual victims.
2 Counts of Murder in the First Degree – Extreme Indifference
39 Counts of Attempt to Commit Murder in the First Degree – Extreme Indifference
15 Counts of First Degree Arson
1 Count of Felony Criminal Mischief
1 Count of Misdemeanor Criminal Mischief
42 Aggravated Juvenile Offender Sentence Enhancers

This is the full extent of information that will be released at this time, pursuant to 19-1-304 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. No determination has been made regarding a motion to transfer the juveniles to the adult system, pursuant to 19-2.5-802.

Both juveniles are due back in court on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at 3:30 pm for Arraignment.

The charges are merely legal allegations, and both juveniles are presumed innocent of the charges against them unless and until they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.