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Formal charges filed against woman accused in Colorado Springs murder

Saphire Nicks
Saphire Nicks is charged with homicide for the December 2018 killing of Nicholas Romero.

COLORADO SPRINGS – Charges of felony first degree murder and attempted aggravated robbery were formally filed today against a woman arrested in December for the killing of Nicholas Romero.

22-year-old Saphire Nicks will return to an El Paso County courtroom later this month as the case progresses.

The victim, 32-year-old Nicholas Romero, was found shot to death in the parking lot of the Windmill Apartments on December 9th.  Colorado Springs Police were first called to the area on a report of shots fired.

Detectives caught up with Nicks a little more than a week after the killing.

A second suspect in the case was publicly identified on New Year’s Eve as the police department asked for help finding 20-year-old Savino Benjamin Anceno, who is considered a transient resident in the city. He was arrested a week later on a charge of first-degree murder.

News5 is working to learn more about how Nicks and Anceno knew Romero.

Savino Acenco
Savino Acenco is charged with first degree murder in Colorado Springs.
Benjamin Lloyd

Benjamin Lloyd

Digital Executive Producer for KOAA News 5. Email - blloyd@koaa.com Twitter: @Ben_L_Lloyd​
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