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Key prosecution witness refuses to testify in bar massacre trial


DENVER — A key prosecution witness is refusing to testify in the murder trial of Dexter Lewis, who is charged with stabbing five people to death in a Denver bar.

Joseph Hill, who authorities say was with Lewis the night of the crime and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, had previously agreed to testify as part of his plea agreement, which gave him a life sentence without the possibility of parole. He was promised immunity for any testimony he gave.

According to the Denver Post ( ), the judge told Hill his plea deal could be canceled and the death penalty could be sought against him.

Dexter Lewis is facing the death penalty if he is convicted in the murders of five people in Fero's Bar & Grill in October 2012.

Information from: The Denver Post,

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