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Colorado ‘blood brothers’ threw rocks at moving cars for 2 months before killing woman: investigator

A Colorado investigator testified Wednesday that the teenagers accused of killing a 20-year-old woman after throwing a landscaping rock through her car windshield had been throwing rocks at moving vehicles for about two months before their actions allegedly resulted in a fatality.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) in April arrested three then-18-year-old suspects — Joseph Koenig, Nicholas “Mitch” Karol-Chik and Zachary Kwak, of Arvada — in connection with the homicide of Alexa Bartell, who died after a large rock flew through her windshield and hit her in the head on April 19. A judge ruled after a preliminary hearing Wednesday that the three teens will face trial.

The lead investigator assigned to the case testified during the preliminary hearing that Karol-Chik told him he and his friends had thrown rocks at cars approximately 10 times between February and April. 

Prior to Bartell’s death, Koenig and Karol-Chik allegedly threw a landscaping “statue head” at a vehicle carrying a couple and their children earlier in April, the investigator testified. 

After investigators interviewed Kwak, he allegedly insisted that he did not throw the rock that killed Bartell. When the detective who testified Wednesday told Kwak, “I hear you,” he responded: “I don’t need you to hear me. I need you to believe me. I did not throw that rock.”

All three suspects are charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of extreme indifference, six counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree assault and three counts of attempted second-degree assault.

Audrey Conklin is a digital reporter for Fox News Digital and FOX Business. Email tips to or on Twitter at @audpants.


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