Cherry Creek lawyer Michael Andre defended Denver's dark side, until he succumbed to his own.
The weekend before, Andre and a group of friends had attended a mixed martial arts fight in Broomfield. His crew was characteristically eclectic: his wife Marie, Denver Deputy District Attorney Khoury Dillon, and swing club owner (and former pro skier) Scottie Ewing, among others.
During the standoff on Monroe Street, a vigil of some of these same people gathered at a corner two blocks from the house. One of them was Andre Walker, the fighter the group had gone to watch the previous weekend. A client of Andre's, Walker had been in and out of jail on drug and fraud charges. The two had become close friends, and Walker served as a groomsman at Andre's wedding. Walker and Mike McGinley, another former Andre client and friend, were supposed to get lunch at the Diamond Cabaret that day.
Rob Lowrey, Andre's roommate and best friend from law school, drove down from Fort Collins. He met up with Thomerson and Walker, and the three begged police to let them talk to Andre. The police refused.
The group was gathered near the TV camera crews, which were delivering somberly excited news reports. At first, some of the television stations and The Denver Post website were using Andre's name in their reports. This was a major concern for those close to Andre. He loved practicing law, second only to his family. If he saw a broadcast, or went online, he might conclude that his lawyer days were over. The police requested that the media stop using his name; while the TV stations complied, The Denver Post did not.