Update: Alleged Killer On The Run

By: KKTV News Email
By: KKTV News Email
Trinidad police are looking for 31-year-old Trinity Jay Romero in the stabbing death of Kyle Phillips last night.

Trinity Jay Romero

Trinidad police are looking for 31-year old Trinity Jay Romero in the stabbing death of Kyle Phillips Sunday night.

Phillips, 24, died in a Trinidad hospital.

The two men were both at the Empty Pocket Saloon Sunday night. Phillips was shooting pool with some friends, when Romero showed up with his brother and some friends of his own. According to witnesses Romero was giving Phillips a hard time. They say Phillips ignored Romero and eventually left the bar to smoke a cigarette.

Court documents say, Romero followed Phillips outside and continued to challenge him to a fight. A witness says Phillips became annoyed with the constant taunting and punched Romero in the face. The witness says, that's when Romero pulled out a knife and attacked Phillips.

A few minutes after Phillips and Romero went outside, a witness told investigators, someone came rushing in and told Romero's brother, "they had to get out of there."

That's when other bar patrons found Phillips on the ground bleeding from his chest. When emergency personnel arrived, Phillips had stopped breathing but they had been able to resuscitate him long enough to get him to the hospital. The victim's family says they were told, the weather was too poor for the helicopter in Pueblo to fly down to Trinidad. Phillips died a few hours later.

While Phillips was in the hospital, one of Romero's friends who was with him at the bar was pulled over by the Colorado State Patrol. According to the CSP there were several males in the car at the time, and the driver Marlon Mascarenas, was arrested for DUI just before midnight. CSP also says the car was supposed to remain at the scene.

However, investigators remember seeing that same car at a gas station about an hour later. A review of the gas station shows Trinity Romero in that vehicle at the gas station. Where the car went after that, investigators do not know.

As of Monday evening, the authorities are still searching for Trinity Romero. He allegedly called the Las Animas County dispatch center and agreed to turn himself in at noon on Monday, but he never arrived at the police station.

KKTV talked to Phillips family about what happened.

The victim's father, William Phillips was in shock. "I just can't believe someone would take a life over something so [petty] as a pool game," says Phillips. William was called to the hospital after the stabbing. He says the ride there was gut-wrenching. "That's all I could think of, was that I was going to watch my son die. And that's exactly what happened, I had to go watch my son die," says Phillips.

While he was at the hospital, Phillips had the chance to talk to one of the witnesses who helped his son, "I asked him if he knew who did it, and he said, 'yes I do.' And he said, 'but I'm not telling anybody.' He said, 'the people that did it will come after me.'"

Investigators also talked to this witness and were able to convince him to share what he saw. His testimony and that of the other witnesses at the bar were enough to secure an arrest warrant for Romero. For now he is wanted on a charge of second degree murder, however official charges will be filed by the District Attorney's office at a later date.

A charge of second degree murder is not likely to sit well with Phillips family. "He premeditated, and walked out, and killed my son. I don't think he should ever see the light of day. I don't believe in killing people, but I believe in keeping them [in prison] until they die," says William Phillips.

This is not the first time the Phillips family has seen tragedy like this. Three years ago, Kyle Phillips’ cousin, Jason was stabbed to death in Trinidad. His killers faced more than 20 charges including one for 1st degree murder. All of them were dropped as part of a plea agreement where they pleaded guilty to second degree murder. His killers had long criminal histories, similar to Kyle's alleged killer Romero. "I didn't realize back then what my brother was going through but I do now," reflects William Phillips.

With rumors that Romero is currently on probation, this whole ordeal has left the Phillips family disillusioned and distrusting of the justice system. "The courts are letting these criminals loose and they're not watching them!" says Phillips.


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  • by .... Location: . . . on Apr 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM
    I dont think anyone is perfect, and things happen!What he did was not right but there is nothing anyone can do about it.the alchohol got a little carried away! people make mistakes all the time intoxicated! And he never beat his girlfriend! so get your facts straight! please and thanks!
  • by jon Location: pueblo on Nov 5, 2010 at 02:16 AM
    This man is nothing but a killer and a women beater . He would beat his pregnant girlfriend sending her to work with black eyes fat lips . He deserve the death penalty for his girlfriend hopefully she finds peace in herself
  • by Sarah Location: UK on Nov 1, 2010 at 04:29 AM
    Kyle was my cousin. I say, if any person cant behave in a civilized manner, then that person shouldn't be permitted to roam free amongst civilized society. Put him behind bars until he's dead, or hell freezes over...whichever comes first.
  • by Ken Location: north carolina on Nov 1, 2010 at 02:16 AM
    Billy, I don't know if you read these posts, this is Trish's son. Why didn't anyone get ahold of us? I just spent the night in tears. Not only for the loss of a family member, but that for 2 months, you didn't bother to let us know. I'll take the time to let you know, out of all of my cousins, your children meant the most to me. Kyle especially... And WTH are you still doing in Trinidad? Jason is dead, Kyle is dead.. and from what i hear, so is Rhonda?? Sounds like to me you need to make sure Michael and Tenele make it out alive. I don't know if Don and Sally are still there but, maybe it would be a good idea for them to get out too. Whatever happened to the Phillips' intellect? That's all I have to say for now. Find out how to contact me. Or not. I don't really care anymore.
  • by R Location: Denver on Sep 2, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    Who cares if he's on probation, had a job or went to college. He obviously has learned nothing from being in and out of jail or from his brothers being in and out of jail. He's a joke, he had no intention of doing anything with his life than being a criminal. He killed this kid over nothing. I dont see the point in fighting over some little punk with a big a mouth but if your going to fight then use your fists and if you lose get over yourself and move on. You dont take away a life over petty stuff especially a life at 24. I hope they find Trinity and lock him up for life because obviously going to jail has taught him nothing and never will. He's only getting worse since he is now a murderer. I'm all for 1st degree murder chargers because who takes a knife to a bar unless you plan on stabbing someone?
  • by freebird Location: U.S.A on Aug 24, 2010 at 01:56 PM
    what a shame he is.trinity needs to pay for the hurt he causes people.who provokes a fight and stabs somebody?COULD COWARD BE THE WORD?he is a punk and always will be.i sure hope justice is served.this has to stop.trinity jay romero you will have to answer one day.by the grace of GOD you will be behind bars.may the PHILLIPS have peace in their lives amen.you are not a gang member.you are a low life PUNK!WHAT A SHAME!
  • by Perplexed Location: USA on Aug 22, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    WOW.read these statements!!!!!J-trying to explain this guys innocence....who cares about race....human life was again taken....what is the record now for Trinidad that get away with murder? Skating is what these people do because the Trinidad legal system does NOT take care of the victims and follow through with the criminals and their crimes....Lenaja: Trinidad police department needs to take care of the community but it is to be seen..........Guilty is guily if you did it....and had witnesses....so now we have to spend money to prove the murderer is NOT guilty? And sorry4your loss.....you sound as dangerous as the rest of the vermin that continually commits these acts and pleas and gets away with the crime.....SO SO SAD!!!!!
  • by Time for justice! Location: Durango on Aug 18, 2010 at 09:56 PM
    Trinity Romero is a coward and should turn himself in asap to avoid further retribution to anyones families. Not even the gangs have respect for this low life do not affiliate him with that ever unless there is a new gang of cowards who want to make children fatherless.
  • by J Location: Springs on Aug 18, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    Haha you know its funny how most people judge a book by its cover for everyones information is trinity romero is not on parole or probation he is currently discharged and he gose to college full time and has a legal job just cause he had made a bad decision and will eventually deal with those consequnces for his role in the chrime it wasent race realted cause im am his nephew and im whiter them snow so please get the facts rite thanks
  • by Disgusted Location: Trinidad Co on Aug 17, 2010 at 01:06 PM
    I am disgusted by this latest tragic news coming out of our small town.My heart goes out to the Phillips family.Just last month I read Jasons memorial in our local newspaper.His sister wrote a very touching memorial to her brother and it is not fair that they now have to go thru this again.Is it a fact that Trinity may have been on probation?If this is the case,then what is going on w/our probation dept.Doesnt supervised probation require that a probation client stay away from alcohol and bars.I dont have enough fingers on my hands to count how many people that are on probation just skate thru probation by continuing drinking.I do know it is common to see probation officers going into the bars to look for clients on probation violations,but far to many clients get away w/those violations.Some of these people were sentenced for crimes against people and their victims have to see them continue to just skate.Mr. Phillips is right when he says the courts are not watching these people.
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