A juvenile boy was arrested Monday, accused of shooting and killing a man who was supposed to go to trial on charges of sexually assaulting a child.
Jon Hazard, 43, was found dead near the picnic pavilion in Palmer Park on June 1. He had been shot multiple times. After investigating for more than a month, members of the Violent Crimes/Homicide Unit arrested a juvenile suspect for first-degree murder, Colorado Springs police said.
The boy's name and picture are not being released due to his age.
Police officers did not disclose the motive for the shooting, nor the suspect's relationship to Hazard or to Hazard's alleged victim.
Police said no additional arrests are expected at this time.
Hazard was set to go to trial on several charges involving sexual assault on a 14-year old girl, who is now 15. He had been charged with sexual assault with a pattern of abuse, sexual assault on a child from a person in a position of trust, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The girl said she first met Hazard two years ago when she was in sixth grade, when he lived with her neighbors.
She told police that he would invite her over, give her alcohol and then take pictures of her nude, according the arrest affidavit. She said he would take pictures of her while she was kissing or making out with friends, or in the middle of lewd acts, without her knowledge, and then would later blackmail her into sending him explicit photos of herself, according to the arrest affidavit.
She said at his request she met him at the Hampton Inn, where she was given alcohol until she passed out and then woke up to him rubbing her or fondling her, according the affidavit.
The alleged assaults occurred on Aug 23. 2007 and several times before and after that, according to the affidavit.