Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — A Denver rap musician accused of conspiring in a botched home invasion last August is asking a district court judge to throw out much of the evidence against him.
Joseph Taylor Ankeney’s public defender filed a motion on January 15 to exclude all 911 dispatch tapes and transcripts of conversations that occurred during the alleged Aug. 29 incident. The defense is also hoping that 12th Judicial District Judge Michael Gonzales will exclude witness statements to dispatchers, law enforcement officers and investigators with the district attorney’s office.
Ankeney, who also goes by the name “Insaniac” in the horrorcore rap band Gruesome Denver Killaz, previously pleaded not guilty to six felonies and one misdemeanor.
He is currently scheduled to go on trial April 29 for first-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, second-degree assault, use of a stun gun, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, second-degree burglary and misdemeanor theft.
At that point, he plans to exercise his constitutional right to a face-to-face confrontation with the prosecution’s witnesses. He will also object to the admission of any testimonial evidence from lab analysts and others, unless it is presented directly on the witness stand, according to court records.
Authorities say the then-20-year-old man is one of four suspects who tried to steal money, electronics and drugs from a couple’s home in the 1200 block of State Avenue in Alamosa.
Suspects Mario Aragon and David Cordova allegedly told police that all four assailants planned to rob the male victim. According to an official report on the incident, they said they planned to steal one of the man’s vehicles and then drive it to Denver, where they would meet and disperse the items they’d stolen.
The male victim told police that the alleged assailants offered to let the couple go if they told them where their money and drugs were hidden. But they threatened to kill him if he didn’t cooperate, he said.
While Cordova allegedly restrained the woman, the man told police that the other assailants used a stun gun on him. A fourth man, Colin Parker Young, also struck him several times with a metal hammer, he said.
The tables turned when the male victim gained control of the hammer and struck Young, sending his alleged attacker to a Lakewood hospital for treatment of severe injuries. The other three suspects, including Ankeney, were apprehended moments after they allegedly fled the scene.
Police say it wasn’t the first time that at least two of the suspects tried to rob the man.
Cordova and Aragon allegedly admitted that they were involved in two previous attempts. Both attempts failed, they said, according to a police report on the incident.
Aragon’s case is currently set to go to trial on June 24.
Young, meanwhile, is seeking to exercise his right to remain silent and his right against self-incrimination. Salida defense attorney Ramsey Lama has also filed a motion for a protective order, which seeks to limit his client’s contact with authorities during official interviews.
Ankeney remains in custody at the Alamosa County Detention Center, putting his musical career on hold for the time being.
According to Gruesome Denver Killaz’s official biography, Ankeney met Jordan “SkrEwball” Dillon while they were doing time at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center.
The crew began to rap as a way to pass time in custody, and after a brief falling-out, they began to make music again, lining up their first live gig last summer.
The band compares itself to Insane Clown Posse, Kung Fu Vampire and Twiztid, among others.