Man Accused Of Murdering Friend Returns To Court

Lea Porter (Credit: KCNC)

June 20, 2014 While a man accused of murdering his friend prepares to hear his charges for the first time, Denver-area authorities have intensified their search for the missing girl's body.

Lea Porter, 19, vanished more than two weeks ago. Authorities say June 5 was the last time any family member spoke with Lea Porter. Her family told sister station KCNC that Porter, from Pueblo, was distraught over her boyfriend leaving town, and went to her friend Christopher Waide's apartment in Westminster. She wasn't seen or heard from since. Her car was left at the apartment complex parking lot; her personal belongings were gone--the only lead police had for a week.

On June 12, the family says Waide confessed to killing Porter. The family told sister station KCNC that Waide confessed to Porter's brother and her boyfriend, who recorded the alleged confession with 911 on the line. Ten minutes after confessing, Waide surrendered to police.

Waide allegedly told police he killed Porter at Caroll Butts Park in Westminster, and detailed how he did it. He was booked in the Adams County Jail the following day on charges of first-degree murder and sexual assault. Jail records say he is being held without bond.

Waide made his first appearance in court Monday.

Porter's grief-stricken family held little back when they spoke to KCNC Monday about Waide.

"I want him to suffer, that's what I want," Porter's stepfather said. "Life in regular jail. And if they don't do it I will kill him myself."

KCNC interviewed Waide the day before he allegedly confessed to murder. Waide called Porter's disappearance a "heavy blow," and stated he wanted her to be safe.

Porter's body has still not been found. Police could not find anything at the park where Waide claimed he killed her. They removed several trash bins from his apartment complex, but did not elaborate why. KCNC said Tuesday that the search has intensified at landfill in Commerce City.

We will continue to follow any new developments in this case.