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A Colorado fugitive arrested last month in Casper is suspected of helping to dispose of a dead man’s body, which was found burnt in a Denver intersection in 2016, court documents reveal.

Delorian D. Douglas, of Denver, was arrested on a Colorado warrant April 17 in Casper. At the time, Casper police said she was suspected of involvement in murder and arson, but they did not know the specifics of the allegations against Douglas.

Court documents filed later that month allege that Douglas was initially considered a possible witness in another arson. After police interviewed her, she was considered a suspect in the death of Walter Bracken, who died from stab wounds. His body was found July 24, 2016, aflame in a Denver intersection.

Denver police interviewed Douglas three times that summer, according to documents provided by the Denver District Attorney’s Office. In the third interview, she told police that an acquaintance, Delshon Giles, also of Denver, had asked her to come to his house. Douglas drove to Giles’ home with her 1-year-old child in the car. When she arrived, she told police, she helped him drag a heavy bag up a set of stairs and place it in the trunk of Douglas’s car.

Giles then told Douglas to drive to a nearby intersection, where he got out of the car and set the bag on fire, Douglas said in the police interview.

The next day, Giles again called Douglas to his home, documents indicate Douglas told police. Giles got in Douglas’s car and circled the block while Douglas rode with him. Douglas told police she saw smoke pouring from the windows of the house before Giles drove out of town and got in another vehicle.

Giles was arrested in Los Angeles in September 2016, extradited to Colorado and charged with first-degree murder and two counts of arson.

In March of this year, Douglas was charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder, accessory to first-degree arson and accessory to second-degree arson, the documents indicate.

Prosecutors served Douglas with a subpoena to testify in Giles’s trial, but she failed to appear at the April 3 court date.

Douglas was arrested in Casper on April 18 and extradited to Colorado. She is set to appear in court May 31.

Giles’s trial is now set for July 24. He has denied involvement in Bracken’s death.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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