Family and friends of a young couple killed in a February car crash following a police chase packed a Castle Rock courtroom during a hearing for the accused killer.
Deanna Bixby, 20, faces several charges in the Feb. 6 crash in Littleton that killed Ryan Carter, 27, and Jayne Davicsin, 25, including vehicular homicide, vehicular eluding resulting in death, possession of a weapon by a felon and trespassing with intent to commit a crime.
A judge ruled at the May 31 preliminary hearing that sufficient evidence exists to move the case forward to trial. Bixby's arraignment, at which she will plead guilty or not guilty, is scheduled for July 8.
The hearing was taxing for Rod Carter, Ryan's father, though he was heartened by the outpouring of support from those who knew Ryan.
“Ryan didn't have an enemy in the world,” Carter said outside the hearing. “He was such a good friend to so many people, and it shows in this room. I didn't ask anyone to come. They're here out of love for Ryan.”
Davicsin's stepfather Frank Costello said he's hopeful justice will be done, but nothing will bring back his daughter.
"My daughter should be home," Costello said. "My youngest daughter looked up to Jayne, and says now she feels like she has nobody to talk to. A lot of folks offer kind words, and they'll tell me it will get better, but it will never get better. It's very difficult not to be angry."
A Douglas County deputy patrolling a Castle Pines neighborhood encountered Bixby, driving a stolen Mitsubishi Lancer, and 24-year-old Mario Jose, driving a stolen Jeep, in the early hours of Feb. 6, testified Douglas County detective Michael Trindle, the lead investigator in the case. When the deputy attempted to pull the Jeep over, both vehicles took off going north on Highway 85 near Daniels Park Road.
Bixby evaded several police roadblocks by driving north in southbound traffic lanes, and was going more than 100 mph when she collided with a white Subaru at Mineral Avenue and Santa Fe Drive, instantly killing Davicsin and Carter, Trindle testified.
Bixby was hospitalized for injuries sustained in the crash, and is being held in the Douglas County jail on a $1 million dollar bond.
The Jeep was later recovered abandoned in a residential neighborhood. Jose was arrested days later in Denver and faces four felony counts: aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, trespassing and violating bail bond conditions.
Responding officers say they found a loaded handgun and a stolen wallet in the Mitsubishi Bixby was driving, which had been stolen two days earlier in Aurora. Bixby had methamphetamine in her blood at the time of the crash, Trindle testified.
Bixby's older sister Jane Bixby made headlines in Littleton in 2017 when she hit a Littleton police officer with a stolen car. Both Bixby sisters were later apprehended, along with several other people, as part of a smash-and-grab robbery of a cell phone store in August 2017. Both sisters pleaded guilty to charges related to the robbery.
Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock defended his department's chase policy in the days after the crash, which allows deputies to pursue vehicles they believe are stolen or are driving erratically. Douglas County deputies also faced questions for not notifying Littleton Police that the chase was approaching Littleton until almost the moment of the crash.
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