Tonell Love has been charged in the killing of 36-year-old Paul Norwood on Christmas morning in a downtown Denver hotel, the Denver District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.
Love, 36, faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault.
According to the Denver Police Department’s probable cause statement, officers responded to the Hyatt Place hotel at 440 14th St. about 9:15 a.m. after receiving a 911 call.
The unidentified caller said they had received a call from the hallway phone on the hotel’s sixth floor, claiming someone in room 606 was injured.
Hotel workers went to to the room for a welfare check and found Norwood bleeding on the floor, curled up in the fetal position.
Officers and medical personnel responded to the hotel, but Norwood died from his injuries before they arrived. Norwood was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:30 a.m.
The statement said Norwood had been stabbed in his neck and possibly in his stomach.
Love, who was loitering in the lobby when officers arrived, went to the hotel’s front desk and picked up a bag.
The front desk worker asked Love to leave after he admitted to sleeping in the lobby the night before.
Several hours later, officers learned that Love had a warrant for his arrest. Love returned to the hotel about 2 p.m. and was immediately arrested.
Love was interviewed by detectives the same day. During the interview, he waived his Miranda rights and relayed enough information to be charged with the killing, according to the statement.
Shortly after the interview, detectives located a black-handled knife in the kitchen area and a pair of dark-colored socks in a microwave.
Love is being held in the Denver County Jail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 5.