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Police said a man found dead in Boulder over the weekend appeared to have been beaten to death with a pipe, and investigators said the suspect was found nearby with blood on his shoes and coat and the dead man’s phone in his pocket.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office today identified the victim as Christopher Havens, 46.

Zachary Ryan Miller, 36, has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after deliberation.

According to an affidavit released Tuesday, police were called to the 2600 block of Walnut Street at 11:18 a.m. Saturday after Havens was found dead on a mattress outside.

Police said Havens had severe head trauma and was declared dead on scene. A preliminary examination would later show almost the entire left side of his skull was fractured.

According to the affidavit, police found a bloody pipe on the scene as well as blood spatter on the mattress and a nearby tree.

Police had responded to the area the night before for a loitering complaint, and officers said they found Havens there and told him he could not camp in the area.

According to the affidavit, a witness said he was drinking with Havens in the area sometime sometime between 8 p.m. and midnight. The witness said at some point a man came out from behind the trees and started attacking Havens with the pipe.

The witness said he eventually tackled the man to stop the attack. According to the affidavit, the witness heard the attacker say something to the effect of “serving” Havens.

After noticing Havens’ pockets were empty, police pulled a warrant for his missing phone and tracked it back to the area of 26th and Walnut streets, and police found Miller at about 10 p.m. Saturday in the area with the phone.

Police said Miller had what appeared to be blood on his shoes and coat, and the pattern on his shoe matched a footprint found at the crime scene.

Miller was taken to the police station but decided not to answer questions without an attorney, and he was subsequently arrested.

The affidavit did not say if Miller and Havens knew each other. Police said both men were believed to be homeless.

Miller is being held without bond at the Boulder County Jail as he awaits a formal filing of charges on Thursday.

His booking photo has not been released at this time because of the ongoing investigation.

Court records show Miller has misdemeanor convictions for assault and theft in Colorado.

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