On June 5, 1998, 15-year-old Nathan Ybanez killed his mother, 43-year-old Julie Ybanez, at their home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. His friend, 17-year-old Erik Jensen, was present when the murder took place, and their trials took played out in the shadow of the Columbine massacre.

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