A second man can be tried for first-degree murder in connection with the drug-related killing of Lafayette's Nathaniel Tallman earlier this year, a Boulder District Court judge ruled this week.
In a ruling released late Monday night, Judge Andrew Macdonald found that Daniel Ortiz, 38, can be tried for first-degree murder, robbery and aggravated motor vehicle theft.
In a separate ruling Monday, Macdonald ruled that Moises Mendez, 26, can also be tried in connection with Tallman's death.
The third suspect in the case, Russell Britton, 58, pleaded guilty in late June to being an accessory to murder and robbery and was sentenced to 15 years in prison..
The body of Tallman, 25, was found March 13 along U.S. 85 north of Lusk, Wyo., after he went missing Jan. 21.