June 6, 2012
More than three months after the March shooting death of 31-year-old Virgil Means at a motorcycle clubhouse in Colorado Springs police have announced the sixth arrest in the ongoing case.
Carlos Ford, 30, was detained on suspicion of first-degree murder. He joins two Fort Carson sergeants, Christopher Mountjoy and John Burrell, and another soldier, Eric Bartholomew, all of whom are facing charges of first-degree murder in 4th Judicial District Court.
Two other men, 24-year-old Deangelo Wells, and 30-year-old John Severe, were arrested last month on suspicion of accessory to first-degree murder.
Ford has an extensive criminal record in El Paso County, according to court records. In 2005, he was sentenced to prison after he was convicted of second-degree assault. In June 2005, in what appears to be a second case, Ford was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after deliberation, although those charges were dismissed by the district attorney, court records show. No further information about either charge is available.
In addition to the Sin City homicide charges, Ford faces charges of illegal weapon possession by a previous offender, a class five felony, in an offense dating from early April. Ford is being held in the El Paso County jail on seven felony counts, one of which, first-degree murder, carries a no-bond policy.
Ford’s role in the death of Virgil Means in unknown. All other arrest affidavits in the case have been sealed, leaving the details of the early morning rumble that ended Means’ life to slowly unravel in the courtroom.
On March 3, Means went to the Sin City clubhouse, known for its post-closing hour parties that frequently rage until dawn. Means was forced from the club by members and beaten up outside before he was picked up by a friend, according to police testimony in the case. Means and the friend, Mark Nadeau, later drove back to the club to retrieve Means’ wallet.
While Means sat in Nadeau’s stopped Cadillac debating whether or not to get his wallet, three gunmen prepared an attack plan, according to Colorado Springs police detective Rick Gysin. Mountjoy, 31, an Iraq vet, and John Burrell, 27, the club’s bouncer, took position near the Cadillac while Eric Bartholomew, 22, allegedly drove a car past them to provide cover.
Mountjoy and Burrell allegedly fired shots at the Cadillac. Mountjoy is suspected of being the man who fired the fatal round from his .45 caliber gun, according to court testimony. The bullet shot through the Cadillac’s trunk, passed through the passenger seat, and struck Means. Forensic testing has not connected the bullet to Mountjoy’s pistol.
Nadeau rushed Means to Penrose hospital, where he later died. His death was ruled the sixth homicide of 2012 in Colorado Springs. There have been 12 homicides in the city since January.
Contact Ryan Maye Handy: 636-0261