Details emerge in fatal Parker stabbing

The fight that broke out in Cottonwood started over the victim’s girlfriend

Nick Puckett
Posted 8/8/19

The Lakewood man who allegedly killed another man in Parker Aug. 4 reportedly stabbed the man once in the middle of a fist fight over the victim’s girlfriend.

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Details emerge in fatal Parker stabbing

The fight that broke out in Cottonwood started over the victim’s girlfriend

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The Lakewood man arrested on suspicion of killing another man in Parker on Aug. 4 stabbed the man once in the middle of a fistfight over the victim's girlfriend, according to witnesses' statements in court documents.

Kyle Gingles, 23, is being held at the Douglas County jail on more than $100,000 bond. He faces charges of first-degree murder and first-degree assault. The victim has been identified as Seth Stephens, 37.

The following are accounts of events as described by Gingles' grandfather and a woman who told police she was the victim's girlfriend, according to the probable cause document provided by the 18th Judicial District on Aug. 8.

Gingles and his grandfather drove from Lakewood to Parker about 6 p.m. on Aug. 4 to pick up clothes from a residence, according to the grandfather. At the residence were Stephens and his girlfriend. The woman reported she was doing her hair inside the house when the fighting began.

Prior to that, Gingles and Stephens had exchanged words via text message, the woman told police.

Gingles had reportedly told Stephens earlier that day that Stephens' girlfriend was cheating on him while Stephens was in jail, the girlfriend stated. Stephens had been arrested July 22 for violating parole and was out of jail on bond, according to court records.

Stephens confronted Gingles and shouted something to incite him as soon as he stepped out of the car, according to the girlfriend, documents show. The two then shoved each other and began fighting.

Gingles' grandfather told police he tried to break up the fight because Gingles was losing. The grandfather said he bear-hugged Stephens and they all fell to the ground. Then, Gingles got up and kicked Stephens in the head, Stephens' girlfriend told police.

According to security footage, the report reads, Gingles appeared to have pulled something out of his pocket and thrust the object into Stephens' torso. Police were called and the fighting ended. Stephens was helped up but collapsed on the driveway. He was taken to Parker Adventist Hospital and pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m.

Gingles and his grandfather left the scene in a black Honda sedan and went back to Lakewood. Police made an arrest that evening.

Gingles had two prior warrants. The first was a felony out of Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for contempt of court with a $2,500 bond. The second was a misdemeanor out of Denver Police Department.

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