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Murder of Colorado Springs man stemmed from dispute over dope, ring and $10

By: lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com
June 27, 2014 Updated: June 27, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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photo - Jessy Jo Jewel Barnes, 19.
Jessy Jo Jewel Barnes, 19.  

The murder of a 20-year-old Colorado Springs man who was found floating in a creek in Pueblo County on May 28 stemmed from a dispute over a stolen ring, a bag of dope and $10, according to court documents obtained by The Gazette Friday.

One of two suspects in the murder, 19-year-old Jessy Jo Barnes, admitted to shooting Daniel Cressey twice inside her bedroom in a Security-Widefield home that she shared with 48-year-old Howard Box, court documents said. Box, suspected of helping her move and dump the body, was arrested in Arizona on June 13.

According to court documents, on the night of the shootingl, Barnes told detectives that she had brought Cressey over to spend the night. When Box came home, however, Cressey became afraid and upset because of an earlier fight the two had been involved in. That fight was related to the stolen items, court documents said.

According to court documents, Cressey's behavior prompted Barnes to grab and load a gun that was sitting on night stand.

In an interview with an El Paso County Sheriff's detective on June 11, Barnes admitted to shooting Cressey twice in the chest.

She told detectives that she shot him once and that he had picked up TV stand to shield himself from another bullet, but he fell to the floor. Barnes said she then shot him once more in the chest.

She also told detectives she and Box had wrapped his body in two plastic bags before loading it into the back of her SUV to dump it in Fountain Creek.

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