LOVELAND - Loveland police are investigating their first homicide of the year, which began with a fight in a parking lot and ended with one man dead.
It all happened just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning. A private charter bus, which had taken passengers to Blackhawk, returned to a parking lot near the Chilson Recreation Center in Loveland.
Police say 32-year-old Cory James Nix and 41-year-old Billy Kirk Page got into an argument while on the bus. When they got off the bus, police say Nix assaulted Page in the parking lot.
Page was rushed to the hospital, but he was later pronounced dead. The Larimer County Coroner's Office said he died of blunt force trauma.
Nix initially left the scene before police arrived, but later returned and spoke with detectives. He was arrested for second-degree murder.
Loveland Police said they investigated another murder back in December, but this is the first one in 2014.
"It's just a tragedy that this happened - just an argument that escalated into a fight and the end result is this - that one person is deceased because of this," said Sgt. Justin Chase of the Loveland Police Department.
Nix remains behind bars at the Larimer County Detention Center. Because of the Presidents' Day holiday, his first appearance is expected on Tuesday. If convicted, police said Nix could face 10 to 24 years in prison.
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