Arkansas man sentenced to 35 years in Colorado prison for shooting death of woman

An Arkansas man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for fatally shooting a woman in Colorado. He then stuffed her body in a suitcase and drove to Arkansas with the body in the car trunk.

David Houston-Harvey, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in June in Weld County District Court for the death of 23-year-old Laramie Cline, of Ozark, Ala., according to a district attorney’s news release. A plea agreement stipulated a 35-year sentence to be served in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Houston-Harvey is serving a 12-year prison sentence in Arkansas for dumping the body there, the release said. The Colorado sentence, handed down Wednesday, will run concurrent to his Arkansas sentence.

In August 2017, Houston-Harvey and Cline were driving from Wyoming south on Interstate 25 in Weld County when he shot the victim. Houston-Harvey told investigators that Cline wanted to stay in Colorado, but he wanted to return to Arkansas or Alabama, the release said.

Houston-Harvey initially told investigators that Cline pointed her gun at him, and that he grabbed the weapon and it fired, striking her.

“However, the defendant later told his girlfriend that he shot and killed the victim when she was asleep,” the release said.

In May 2019, a Weld County jury indicted Houston-Harvey on four felony charges: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, robbery and aggravated motor vehicle theft.

“When she was taken from me, a part of me died along with her,” the victim’s mother, Kim Cline, said in the release. “Laramie could light up a room with her smile. She was beautiful but had no idea that she was. Laramie was a sweet soul.”

Anthony Perea, chief deputy district attorney, said: “All cases we prosecute are hard, but this one was especially hard, given the facts. This murder was completely senseless, and the defendant robbed this young woman of the rest of her life.”

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