- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Nearly two decades after a Denver gang member was killed after testifying at a murder trial, two men are being prosecuted in his death.

Antonio Domena, 44, and Sheldon Long, 41, were charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and retaliation against a witness in the death of Darryl Givens following a review as part of the city’s Cold Case Project. Documents in the case have been sealed so it’s not known what evidence the review uncovered.

The charges were filed by the Denver District Attorney’s Office just one day shy of the anniversary of Givens’ death. On Oct. 30, 1996, police responding to a report of a shooting found the 23-year-old lying in the street with gunshot wounds. He died at the scene.

Nine months earlier, Givens was the key witness at the trial of gang leader Orlando Domena. As about a dozen police officers and sheriff’s deputies stood guard, he testified that Orlando Domena fired a gun at two rival gang members, killing one and wounding another. A photograph taken as he left the courthouse afterward showed Givens running away from a photographer, his back to the camera.

Orlando Domena was convicted and sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison.

It’s not clear whether the two Domenas are related.

Antonio Domena and Long were arrested last week. They are scheduled to appear in court on Friday to be advised of the charges against them. It’s not clear whether they have attorneys yet.


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