Defendant Convicted of Adams County Murder with Another Murder Case Still Pending in Arapahoe County
Brighton, CO —Today, District Attorney Brian Mason is announcing the First-Degree Murder conviction of Alexander Albayero, 46. An Adams County Jury returned the guilty verdict on Friday, March 4, 2022, after five days of trial.
The night of December 14, 2019, into the early morning hours of December 15, 2019, Alexander Albayero and his wife attended Las Adelitas in Aurora. The victim, Juan Manuel Galindo Argumedo, was also at the nightclub that evening. At some point during the night, Galindo Argumedo, who was intoxicated, approached Albayero’s wife and potentially asked her to dance. The defendant became enraged by this and asked several employees to kick Galindo Argumedo out of the nightclub.
Galindo Argumedo was eventually escorted out of the bar, but Albayero followed the victim to the parking lot. While outside, Albayero fired one shot from a .25 caliber handgun that struck Galindo Argumedo in the torso. After being shot, the victim walked a few hundred feet and collapsed. Galindo Argumedo later died at a local hospital.
“This was a senseless crime, fueled by anger over a petty slight,” said District Attorney Brian Mason. “A family has lost their loved one forever – and the defendant will now spend the rest of his life in prison. This was an avoidable tragedy, and the defendant is to blame.” On Friday, March 4, 2022, an Adams County Jury convicted Alexander Albayero of one count including,
First-Degree Murder—After Deliberation
Today, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, an Adams County Judge sentenced Albayero to Life Without the Possibility of Parole in the Department of Corrections.
Albayero has another First-Degree Murder case pending in Araphahoe County related to a shooting that occurred on January 3, 2020, less than three weeks after the Adams County incident. The Araphahoe County case is set for trial on June 17, 2022, and the case number is 20CR1315.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Kristen Baker and Deputy District Attorney Sara Carty led the prosecution of this case.
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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.
Ms. Gazelka is a forensic therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. She is currently focused on providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems as a supervisor at Correctional Psychology Associates (CPA). Her education and career have been devoted to the intersection of psychology and law since 2000. Ms. Gazelka has been working within the field of forensic and correctional psychology since 2006, providing therapy in the community and acute mental health care and risk assessments in county jails. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since June 2012. She also became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in March 2014. She was listed as a full operating level DVOMB Approved Provider in June 2019 and started a fledgling DV program oriented to Colorado’s Department of Corrections at CPA in September 2019. Ms. Gazelka was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in March 2019 and has started her second term with the board. Ms. Gazelka has been recognized for her work as Contributor of the Year at CPA in 2010 and 2012, as well as having been awarded an Alumni Impact Award for her forensic work in the community by University of Denver’s GSPP in 2019. Ms. Gazelka received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Ms. Gazelka also received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007, obtaining attorney’s licenses in both Minnesota and Colorado (currently inactive).
Alex Castro Croy
Alex Castro Croy is a bilingual, bicultural, Trauma and Addiction Counselor and owner/Lead Clinician of Life Recovery Centers in Denver and Northglenn Colorado.
A first-generation immigrant from Mexico who accomplished his dream in higher education receiving an AA in Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Human Services (MSU in Denver, Colorado) and MA in Community Counseling from Regis University (Denver, Co). He is continuing to pursue his MA/Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.
Alex’s passion includes training, teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the Human Services Department at MSU-Denver for 9 years. He has served as an Interventionist for the Latino GLBTQ community, Drug Court Probation Officer at Denver Juvenile Court Probation (8 years), Bilingual Diversion Officer for Denver DA office (5 years), and currently owner and director of Life Recovery Centers (7 years). He has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and his eclectic therapeutic interventions have proven to be effective in treating trauma and addiction.
Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with a private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addiction fields for thirteen years. Ms. Wessel earned her Masters in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has her LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, and ADS. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addiction treatment and ways to continue to educate the community about addiction issues.