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Boulder Detectives Testify in Louis Sebastian Murder Trial

February 13, 2019
Louis Sebastian, center, speaks with his defense team including Benjamin Collet, second from left, on Tuesday morning during his trial on a charge of first-degree murder in the May 2017 shooting of Christopher King, 49, at the Boulder County Justice Center. Testimony in the case continued Wednesday.

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The second day of testimony in the trial of Louis Sebastian, who is accused of shooting a man in a downtown Boulder restaurant in 2017, began this morning with two more detectives on the case.

Sebastian, 33, is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Christopher King, 49. He is also facing one count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

After Tuesday’s testimony consisted primarily of first responders, prosecutors this morning called two detectives, Sarah Cantu and Ross Richart, to the stand.

The pace of the trial also slowed considerably today, with attorneys having numerous bench conferences with Boulder District Judge Andrew Hartman over objections.

Cantu, the lead detective on the case, testified that she sent DNA samples as well as the gun used in the case, bullets and casings to a lab for testing.

At the request of defense attorneys and a jury question, Cantu also showed the jury Sebastian’s feces-stained shorts, which became a point of several questions by jurors after defense attorneys argued Sebastian soiled them when he was attacked by King outside the restaurant.

But Cantu told the jury no witnesses told Boulder police they witnessed King assaulting Sebastian.

Richart testified he served a search warrant at Sebastian’s apartment and found a receipt and holster for the gun used to shoot King.

Police say Sebastian and King got into an argument at Bramble & Hare, 1970 13th St., on May 29, 2017. Witnesses said the two then went outside and shortly after that gunshots rang out. King came back inside the restaurant, where Sebastian followed and fatally shot him.

An employee of the restaurant was able to disarm Sebastian before police arrived to take him into custody.

The coroner’s office said King was shot four times — twice in the torso, once in the thigh and another time in the shoulder — and grazed by a bullet across his front groin area.

The two men had met earlier in the day after different people invited them to the same croquet party in Boulder.

Sebastian and King did not previously know each other, but witnesses at the party indicated the two might had been arguing at the restaurant, where some members of the croquet party went to eat after the party.

Sebastian has claimed self-defense.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars

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