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Leadville homicide suspect named

Randy Wyrick
rwyrick@vaildaily.com
Matthew James Haley is in jail facing murder charges for the May 2 stabbing death of Jordan Gausman in Leadville.
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LEADVILLE — A manhunt is on for a murder suspect in a May 2 Leadville slaying.

A warrant for first-degree murder has been issued for Matthew James Haley, 30, in connection with the stabbing death of Jordan Gausman.

About 11:30 p.m. Monday, an argument between Haley and Gausman turned physical at the Silver Dollar Saloon where Gausman worked, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Gausman, 31, had worked in Leadville bars and restaurants for nearly 10 years. Most recently, he was the Silver Dollar Saloon’s kitchen manager and cook, according to the website Leadville Today.

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Witnesses say a barroom argument started between Gausman and Haley, who was reportedly a transient and was camping in the area. Reports state that the argument grew heated and when Gausman stepped outside to smoke a cigarette, Haley followed him. A physical encounter followed and Gausman suffered a fatal stab wound.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is asking anyone with information about Haley’s whereabouts to call police.

Haley is considered armed and dangerous.

A statement from the Leadville Police Department states there is no threat to the public, and that this was an incident “between two specific individuals over a private matter.”

“This is a collaborative investigation and I cannot enough thank each agency named below enough for their round-the-clock effort to bring justice to the family of Mr. Haley,” said District Attorney Bruce Brown, whose agency is helping with the investigation, along with the CBI, Leadville Police Department, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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