Longmont Man Accused of Fatally Stabbing Brother Makes First Court Appearance
A Longmont man accused of stabbing his brother to death made his first appearance Wednesday in Boulder County Court.
Daniel Lopez, 29, was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree murder, animal cruelty and three counts of felony menacing.
No bond has been set in his case. Lopez is scheduled to appear in court again Thursday to be formally charged.
According to an arrest affidavit, a neighbor went to the brothers’ home in the 300 block of South Francis Street to speak with Thomas “TJ” Lopez. Daniel Lopez, who had blood on his pants leg, told the neighbor his brother wasn’t home, according to the affidavit.
Thomas Lopez would later be chased out of his house by his brother, who the neighbor said was armed with a large “combat knife,” according to the affidavit. Daniel Lopez stabbed his brother multiple times, police said.
Thomas Lopez was taken to Longmont United Hospital, where he later died.
It’s not clear exactly what the argument was about, but police said they believe the brothers were fighting over who had stabbed a dog, named Delilah. Police found her dead in a city Dumpster later on.
According to the affidavit, a cousin told police that Daniel Lopez suffers from schizophrenia and was not taking his medications. He was trying to self-medicate with marijuana, the cousin said.
Longmont police Deputy Chief Jeff Satur said Wednesday that police updated their search warrant to also draw blood from Daniel Lopez to test for any substance use. They have not yet received the results from the test.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, firstname.lastname@example.org