Two arrested in Littleton homicide

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Littleton police have arrested Teddy Puente, 37, and an unidentified girl in the August death of 66-year-old Walter Zucchetti.

Through a tip, the Littleton Independent learned Zucchetti’s body had been discovered in his apartment on Aug. 13. The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office confirmed Zucchetti’s death on Aug. 27, but has declined to release autopsy results. Spokeswoman Tamara Davis on Nov. 2 said the case is still open and pending toxicology and tissue studies.

Damon Montroy manages the apartment complex where Zucchetti lived, near the intersection of Prince Street and Lake Avenue. He and a maintenance worker discovered the body after Zucchetti’s brother called from New York to say he couldn’t contact the man. Montroy said he just got a quick look at Zucchetti from the waist down and could only see he was wearing boxer shorts and that there were no obvious injuries.

“He just looked dead,” said Montroy in late August, adding that he had no idea how long Zucchetti had been that way.

Montroy was out of town when Zucchetti’s brother called, so he couldn’t check on him for a couple days.

Zucchetti had lived there alone for more than two years, said Montroy, and he didn’t have a car or a job. He was known to use a computer at Bemis Library and occasionally go “up the hill” to gamble, Montroy added.

Both suspects are being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Puente, who was arrested Nov. 1, is being held at the Arapahoe County Jail. The juvenile, arrested Oct. 26, is at the Marvin J. Foote Youth Services Center in Centennial.