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Denver Police Search For Emmanuel Chandler Wanted In Shooting Death Of Roxann Martinez, Witness In Donthe Lucas Murder Trial

UPDATE: Chandler was arrested late Thursday night.

DENVER (CBS4)- Police in Denver are searching for Emmanuel Chandler, wanted for first-degree murder in the shooting death of Roxann Martinez. Martinez was considered a star witness in the Donthe Lucas murder trial of Kelsie Schelling before she was murdered last week.

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Emmanuel Chandler (credit: Denver Police)

Chandler, 29, is a Black male, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police believe that the murder is the result of a domestic violence related incident.

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Roxann Martinez (credit: Denver Police)

Martinez was shot and killed at the intersection of E. Kenyon Dr. and S. Wabash St. at 11 p.m. on Feb 25.

Donthe Lucas
Donthe Lucas (credit: Pueblo Police Dept.)

Martinez was supposed to testify for the prosecution in the ongoing murder trial in Pueblo. Lucas has been charged with murdering Schelling, even though her body has never been found. Lucas pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in August 2018.

When she disappeared in February 2013, Schelling was pregnant and was reportedly traveling from Denver to Pueblo to talk to Lucas about it.

Kelsie Schelling
Kelsie Schelling (credit: CBS)

Messages on Schelling's phone showed she texted Lucas that she was pregnant, and his replies indicated he was unhappy.

On the day she reportedly disappeared, GPS on her phone showed it traveled to the same location in Pueblo as Lucas' phone.

CBS4 was on scene in 2017 when investigators dug up the yard of a home where Lucas used to live. However, nothing was found. Schilling's body has never been recovered.

While some friends, and others in the public, have suggested Martinez's death was a result of her plans to testify in the case, Denver Police said they do not have evidence to back that claim at this time.

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Anyone with information about Martinez's shooting death or Chandler's whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000.

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