Judge denies Kuroki bond, case moves forward
An Arapahoe County judge says there is sufficient evidence to try the man accused of the first-degree murder of his 81-year-old mother.
Behind large thick glasses, David Wayne Kuroki, of Littleton, sat motionless as Judge Elizabeth Beebe-Volz denied bail for the 53-year-old man suspected of killing his ailing mother, Mae Kuroki, inside her Centennial home.
Defense attorneys picked at details and witness qualifications, calling the case nothing more than “whole-cloth speculation.”
According to affidavits, Kuroki, 53, called his brother Gary Kuroki and a cousin, Dean Iwasaki, on April 2 and admitted he had killed his mother and that he was sorry.
Arapahoe County Investigator Johnnie Turnidge, who testified during Kuroki’s Aug. 8 pre-trial hearing, said the elder Kuroki’s body was found in her bed under a blanket with a bloodstained pillow over her face.
Crime scene photos show a heavy “brick-like” doorstop next to the elderly woman’s head and multiple stab wounds of varying depth to her torso.
Turnidge, who attended Kuroki’s autopsy, testified the victim had a 4-inch skull fracture, defensive wounds on both hands, and 11 stab wounds, one of which penetrated the liver.
Shortly after Mae Kuroki’s body was found, a passerby later reported a man lying next to a bush in a semi-fetal position near a golf course south of C-470.
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded, along with medical personnel, and found the younger Kuroki, soaked in blood.
Deputy John Lynch of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said Kuroki was weak and his hands were covered in blood.
When asked what his name was, Kuroki, according to Lynch, said, “Avery Kuroki. I just killed my mother.”
Kuroki was transported from the scene to a local hospital for treatment and booked into the Arapahoe County Jail on April 12.
His next court date is Aug. 21.