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Police: Colorado Springs 5-year-old offered killer his only dollar in bid to save mom

July 31, 2016 Updated: August 4, 2016 at 5:02 pm
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A 5-year-old boy trying to save his mother during a robbery offered the only thing he had: $1. 

Three armed, masked men burst into the living room of their Colorado Springs home demanding money from his mother, Courtney Beaudette, according to court records. When she said she didn't have any, the men told her to strip.

She took off her shirt but refused to go further, the documents said. 

Amid the chaos, Beaudette's son ran to his room to retrieve the only money he had, a single dollar bill, the report said. Then the gun went off.

Beaudette, 29, died from a gunshot wound to the head about 7:30 p.m. June 1. It was the city's seventh homicide.

Michael Ryan Brown, 20; Matthew Robert Moore Jr., 19; and Dylan Michael Peters, 18, all Colorado Springs residents, have been arrested related to her death.

Moore is accused of pulling the trigger, according to his arrest affidavit.

He told the other two the gun went off while Beaudette was, "trying to grab it," the documents said. He'd borrowed the gun from Peters.

The public records are so redacted it's hard to follow the narrative in places, but it appears there was a fight in Beaudette's Shannon Glen apartment a few hours before the shooting. The records indicate a polyamorous relationship was at the heart of the dispute.

A man who called himself Beaudette's boyfriend told police he "beat the hell out of" a woman who he was moving back in with, the documents said. He thought she stole his belongings, including guns, but she said she'd moved them to her place.

After the assault, the woman called her other boyfriend, Peters, telling him "she had been cut on the neck by another boyfriend during a fight." She also called Moore, who brought Brown with him, the documents said.

The three formulated a plan to get some of the woman's belongings left in the apartment and to "scare" the man who hit her, documents said. The man was not in the apartment.

When they ran in, Moore immediately pointed his gun in Beaudette's face, the documents said. When the gun went off, they ran.

A preliminary hearing for the case is scheduled for Oct. 13 and 14.

The trio has an extensive list of felony and misdemeanor offenses, including car theft, illegal weapon and drug possessions and burglary, according to court documents.

Moore pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary in April and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Brown was arrested in March on suspicion of stealing $5,000 to $20,000 and a vehicle, and Peters was arrested June 17 on suspicion of felony menacing, records show.

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Contact Kaitlin Durbin: 636-0362

Twitter: @njKaitlinDurbin

Facebook: Kaitlin Durbin

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