Prosecutors say this isn’t the first time Keith Hammock is suspected of shooting a teen in his backyard

Keith D. Hammock, also known as Rasta Keith, is accused of murdering a 15-year-old boy and wounding a 14-year-old boy, both of whom had jumped a fence into his backyard at 2830 High Street, where Hammock allegedly was growing marijuana.

Today, the Denver District Attorney’s Office announced that this may not have been the first shooting Hammock committed at that address. It’s now alleged that “Hammock shot and wounded a 17-year-old in September 2015, under similar circumstances.”

Keith Hammock (Denver District Attorney's Office)
Keith Hammock (Denver District Attorney’s Office)

That previous incident had not been previously reported to police. Detectives learned of the earlier victim while talking with neighbors and other witnesses, according to DA spokesperson Lynn Kimbrough.

Hammock has been formally charged with first-degree murder, two instances of attempted murder, a count of manufacturing marijuana and a count of cultivating marijuana.

Read our previous coverage for more details of the shooting.

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