Lakewood man convicted of second-degree murder in Weld County

Published on November 24, 2021

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GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) - A Lakewood man could spend the next 48 years in prison, after a Weld County jury convicted him of second-degree murder.

Kenneth Hoschouer, 40, was found guilty Monday of murdering Christopher Grau during the summer of 2019.

On July 6, 2019, Firestone police were called to a motorhome on Weld County Road 28, where Grau was laying on the ground unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his head. Thirteen shell casings were located near his body.

During the investigation, police learned that Hoschouer, Hoschouer’s wife, Grau, and Grau’s girlfriend, who was also the defendant’s sister, were at a home in Lakewood on July 5th.

Hoschouer was drinking heavily, when he learned that his teenage daughter was dating a 22-year-old man. He began fighting with his wife and was angry with her because she didn’t tell him about the relationship.

Grau attempted to de-escalate the argument between Hoschouer and his wife, and was able to get the defendant out of the defendant’s house. In an attempt to calm Hoschouer down, Grau drove the defendant to his motorhome in Firestone, where Hoschouer shot and killed him.

Hoschouer was eventually arrested in September of 2019, when police, with the assistance of a HVAC service company, located the murder weapon hidden in a vent in Hoschouer’s home.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 29th at 11:00 a.m. Hoschouer faces 16 to 48 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wrenn and Deputy District Attorney Ashley McCuaig prosecuted this case. 

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