Two suspects in Centennial teen's death now in juvenile court

Another defendant in Cherokee Trail High School student's death moved to youth court


Another of the four teens suspected of driving to a Cherokee Trail High School student's home the night of May 8 in an incident that ended with his death has had his original case dismissed and now has a juvenile court case.

Dominic Jarrod Stager, who is 17 or 18 based on sheriff's and court records, now has a chance at a more lenient sentence, if convicted.

Juliana Alexis Serrano, 17, already had her criminal case dismissed and was also transferred to juvenile court before Stager.

Lloyd Alvin Chavez, 18, was fatally shot at his east Centennial home during what was planned as a robbery of vaping products he sold, according to arrest affidavits. All four were originally being prosecuted as adults.

The four all were initially charged with first-degree felony murder, aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and two “sentence enhancers” related to violent crime with a weapon and causing death, which apply if the case ends in a guilty plea or verdict, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

The details of juvenile cases are not available for release to the public.

Kenneth Alfonso Gallegos, who turned 18 in mid-December, had an arraignment set for Jan. 13, but the court moved that hearing to Feb. 24. The court, on Oct. 25, denied a motion to have Gallegos' case transferred to juvenile court.

The fourth suspect, 17-year-old Demarea Deshawn Mitchell, has a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 18 and a reverse transfer hearing — where a judge hears arguments for whether to transfer to juvenile court — on March 17.

Serrano and Stager were students at Cherokee Trail, and Gallegos was a Grandview High School student who had recently transferred from Cherokee Trail. Mitchell was identified in photos provided by a Cherokee Trail school resource officer.

According to the affidavit, here's how the incident unfolded:

Chavez had sold vape products in transactions arranged over Snapchat. The four suspects intended to steal Chavez's “juice” in a plan that began a day or two before he was shot, Serrano told an investigator.

The four suspects pulled up to Chavez's home near East Smoky Hill Road and South Picadilly Street, where he walked up to a window of the car and received cash from Serrano, court documents say. The documents allege that Chavez walked away without giving them the product, Serrano said, and Mitchell got out of the car and questioned Chavez about it.

Chavez threw Mitchell onto the lawn, according to Serrano's account, and that's when he was shot. Vape products were later found on Chavez's lawn and in his room.

The four suspects sped away and were in shock because they didn't intend to shoot Chavez but, rather, threaten him with the gun if he didn't give them the product, according to Serrano's account.

Serrano eventually said she didn't actually see the gun in anyone's hands but described it as a “smaller gun” and saw a laser on Chavez around the time he was shot.


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