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Suspect in Colorado dorm slayings threatened roommate over chores, court reports say

Taking out the trash.

That was one of the things that murder suspect Nicholas Trevon Jordan, 25, argued with his University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) roommate, Samuel Knopp, 24. before he allegedly shot Knopp and 26-year-old Celie Rain Montgomery in the head, a court document revealed, unsealed Friday.

How BizPac Review reported, on February 16, the Colorado Springs Police Department received an alert of shots fired inside a bedroom at the Crestone House at UCCS. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found Knopp and Montgomery dead, each with at least one bullet to the head.

The unsealed police detective's affidavit “cited an interview with another roommate of Jordan and Knopp, who said Knopp picked up a trash bag and placed it near the door of the accused in January, prompting a death threat,” he said. NBC news.

“Mr. Jordan threatened Mr. Knopp and told him that he would 'kill' him and that there would be consequences if he was asked to take out the trash again,” the affidavit says.

Knopp had made three allegations against Jordan to campus police and housing officials on Jan. 9, including the death threat, according to the document.

The second roommate was in the bedroom when the shots rang out. He reported the shooting and locked himself in his room until the police arrived. The affidavit notes that he and Knopp had told officials that Jordan was creating “unsafe living conditions.” The murder suspect, they said, made a mess of the bedroom and smoked marijuana in his room.

“Campus police and housing officials confirmed receiving complaints, the affidavit said,” NBC News reports.

Jordan submitted a request to withdraw from his classes and campus housing just one day before the tragic shooting, according to the affidavit.

A man of “uncertain identity” was caught on security cameras entering the Crestone House residence halls before 6 a.m. on Feb. 16, according to the document. The ticket was a match with Jordan's key card. About 14 minutes later, security video showed someone exiting the same door and running.

On Monday, Jordan, who came to Colorado from Detroit, was arrested.

“On Monday, February 19, 2024, at approximately 7:52 a.m., members of the Colorado Springs Police Department's Motor Vehicle Theft Unit located Nicholas Jordan in a vehicle,” the Police Department said from Colorado Springs. “At approximately 8:37 a.m., CSPD's Tactical Enforcement Unit responded and took him into custody without incident in the 4900 block of Cliff Point Circle East in Colorado Springs.”

According to the court, Jordan was being held on $5 million bail, NBC News reports. He has been charged with two counts of first degree murder.

“Knopp studied music and was scheduled to give a senior recital on March 21. A video of his junior recital shows Knopp on stage at the Chapman Foundation Recital at the university's Ent Center for the Arts playing a variety of styles, including jazz and classic rock. on what appeared to be a hollow-body electric guitar,” the outlet claims. “Montgomery enrolled for one semester in 2020 at Pueblo Community College to study culinary arts, the institution said. His connection to Knopp, if any, was unclear.”

A status hearing in Jordan's case is scheduled for March 15 in court. El Paso County District Court records show a preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 27.


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