FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KCRG) - A man from Fort Collins has been charged after being involved in a fatal crash that killed a Cedar Rapids, Iowa teacher.
Kennedy High School teacher Rick Nees and his daughter, a resident of Fort Collins, Nicole Nees, died in the crash on Thanksgiving Day.
19-year-old Marcos Orozco has been charged with 2 counts of Murder in the First Degree – Extreme Indifference, 2 counts of Murder in the First Degree – Felony Murder, Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder in the First Degree, Vehicular Eluding, Leaving the scene of an accident, Second degree burglary, and Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft in the First Degree.
Authorities have previously said the vehicle Orozco was driving may have been stolen and used in a "smash and grab" robbery at a Fort Collins pawn shop earlier that morning.
Colorado law applies a first degree murder charge not just in the case of an alleged premeditated killing, but also when the accused shows extreme indifference to the value of human life, or when a person other than a co-conspirator dies during the commission of another crime.
Fort Collins authorities say Orozco was arrested after the crash and booked into the Larimer County Jail.