DENVER - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today released the following statement regarding an Arapahoe County jury's recommendation that Sir Mario Owens be sentenced to death for his role in the 2005 killings of Javad Marshall-Fields and Vivian Wolfe:
“Today, the friends and families of Javad Marshall-Fields and Vivian Wolfe finally saw justice served on the man who brutally murdered their loved ones. These two victims did nothing to deserve their fate; they were simply trying to do the right thing. Instead, they were gunned down by a man who felt he had nothing to lose.
“The case of Sir Mario Owens demonstrates exactly why the death penalty remains a vital part of our criminal justice system. Without the threat of a death sentence, a killer facing life in prison has virtually no disincentive to hunt down and kill those who would testify against him.
“It remains among the State’s highest priorities to protect those who are brave enough to stand and testify against the unlawful. Sir Mario Owens rightly will be put to death for taking the lives of two very brave individuals.”