17th Judicial DA

17th Judicial District Attorney's Office Files Vehicular Homicide Charges Against Jose Menjivar

December 21, 2023

Brighton, CO —Today, the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is announcing the filing of Vehicular Homicide charges against Jose Menjivar, 37, related to a traffic crash near Main Street and Miramonte Boulevard in Broomfield on December 12, 2023, in which Melissa Powell, 46, and her son Riordan Powell, 16, were killed. 

Menjivar is charged with:  
  • Vehicular Homicide (F3)
  • Vehicular Homicide (F4)
  • Driving Under the Influence - Fourth or Subsequent Offense (F4)
  • Driving Under the Influence Per Se - Fourth or Subsequent Offense (F4)
Case number 2023CR000580 was filed in Broomfield County District Court. Menjivar's next court appearance is on December 21, 2023, at 1:30pm in Broomfield County Courtroom 1. 

The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual(s) committed a crime(s) under Colorado laws. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. See Colo RPC 3.6.
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District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.

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