Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Bartee, right, was murdered in 1999. A neighbor suspected of killing her was arrested last week.Courtesy of Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
Little information has been made public officially in the wake of an arrest last week of a 70-year-old suspect in the death nearly two decades ago of a prosecutor in the 18th Judicial District.
The arrest affidavit for Robert Williams has been sealed, Julie Brooks, public-information officer for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, announced to the press on Aug. 30.
“There is no information on whether or not this suspect was a person of interest before and no information available on any connection with the victim, other than that he lived in the same apartment building,” Brooks wrote in response to emailed questions from The Villager.
The death of 41-year-old Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Bartee, whose body was found in her apartment on June 7, 1999, had been made to look like a suicide, according to an investigation by CBS4, which broke the story that effectively led to Williams’s arrest.
The scrutiny on Williams occurred after a former neighbor who had long ago lived with Williams at the Copper Terrace apartments in Centennial contacted the television station with a tip, which was then given to the sheriff’s office. The neighbor reportedly feared a cancer diagnosis and wanted to clear his conscience.
Williams, now held in the Arapahoe County jail on first-degree murder charges, had still lived in the complex on South Dayton Street where Bartee was killed.
“As a result of the tip, new evidence led to the identification of a suspect in the case, which allowed investigators to get an arrest warrant based on probable cause,” a sheriff’s press announcement said.
According to the widely quoted CBS4 investigation, Bartee was found dead in her bathtub.
“The witness recalled Williams leaving Bartee’s apartment around the time of the murder and remembered Williams behavior as being strange and suspicious. He said Williams had sexually harassed Bartee,” the report said.
Court records show Williams had been convicted of voluntary manslaughter in Los Angeles in 1985 and sentenced to four years in prison, but was paroled after only two years. Shortly thereafter, he was arrested for “lewd or lascivious acts” with a child under 14. He was returned to prison for two more years.
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