Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202


News Release

May 6, 2022 Contact: Carolyn Tyler, Communications Director,, 720-913-9025

Denver Jury Finds Ryan Ashland Guilty in PT’s Showclub Murder


DENVER— On April 28, 2019, Ryan Ashland (currently 44-years-old) attacked four people with a baseball bat at PT’s Showclub in Denver. Four victims were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Unfortunately, Mr. Wendell Janis (age 56) did not survive his injuries. Three other victims did survive the attack.

Prosecutors with the Denver DA’s Office announced the filing of charges against Ashland in May 2019. Yesterday, after deliberating for approximately one hour, a Denver jury found Ashland guilty of all charges: two counts of first degree murder (F1), one count of attempted murder (F2), one count of first-degree assault (F3), two counts of second-degree assault (F4), one count of burglary (F3), one count of felony menacing (F5) and two counts committing a violent crime using a real or simulated weapon which is a sentence enhancer.


This is Denver District Court case number 19CR03223.