17-year-old boy wanted on Denver first-degree murder charge is arrested

A 17-year-old boy wanted on suspicion of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a man in northeast Denver early Saturday has been taken into custody.

James Earl Compton
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James Earl Compton

Denver police announced the arrest of James Earl Compton on Wednesday afternoon.

John White, a police spokesman, said he didn’t have further details in the case to release. He also said arrest documents were not available.

UPDATE: The suspect in this incident has been taken into custody. Investigation ongoing, no further info available. https://t.co/QORIOTdS3A

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Compton is accused in the slaying of 46-year-old David Earl Nowlin, who died after being attacked on the 1900 block of Wabash Street in the city’s East Colfax neighborhood, police say. On Tuesday, the Denver medical examiner ruled his death a homicide from sharp force injuries.

Nowlin, a Denver man, was pronounced dead at Denver Health Medical Center.

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Police have released few details in the slaying, including what they believe was the motive. They said Nowlin was assaulted.

“Because this is an open homicide investigation, we can’t provide detail about what led up to the homicide,” said Doug Schepman, another Denver police spokesman. “(We) can confirm that the suspect and victim were known to each other and that this was not a random incident.”

Schepman did not elaborate on how they knew each other.

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