CORONER CALLS DEATHS MURDER AND SUICIDE
littleton» The Arapahoe County coroner says a man found shot to death in a Littleton home Thursday committed suicide and a woman found fatally injured in the same home was a homicide victim.
Michael Fallon, 45, and Christa Sue Benton, 38, died of gunshot wounds to their heads, according to a news release.
Littleton Cmdr. Trent Cooper said police are investigating what motivated the shooting in the 5500 block of South Grant Street.
Body cameras on their way in Denver. While
Denver rolls out its bodycamera program this week, the public most likely won’t see them on the streets until next week, Chief Robert White said Thursday.
The department has been planning to place body cameras on more than 800 officers for more than a year. The agency is among the first major police departments in the United States to do so.
The department will hold a news conference Friday to talk about the cameras, purchased through a five-year, $6.1 million contract with Taser International.
17 motions made by Craigslist suspect denied
B boulder» A district judge Wednesday denied 17 motions made by Dynel Lane’s defense team to suppress evidence gathered by Longmont police but partially granted one motion related to the initial police presence at her home, the Daily Camera reported.
Lane, 35, is charged with attempted murder, unlawful termination of a pregnancy and four counts of felony assault.
Prosecutors allege that Michelle Wilkins was lured to Lane’s home via a Craigslist posting advertising maternity clothes, that she was attacked and that her unborn baby was removed from the womb. The baby did not survive.
Although Judge Maria Berkenkotter denied 17 motions outright, she did partially grant one in which defense attorneys attempted to have the evidence taken during a search of Lane’s home suppressed.
Ex-deputy held without bail in death B
colorado springs» A former El Paso County sheriff ’s deputy accused of shooting his wife to death while three of the their four children were home will be held without bail until his probable trial.
Nikolas Anthony Gianes, 32, is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 28 on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Fawn Gianes. He is expected to plead not guilty.
Arson fire kills four dogs
B colorado springs» A fire at a Colorado Springs home Wednesday night that killed four dogs has been ruled an arson, officials said Thursday.
One dog survived the blaze. No people were injured.
The fire started about 6:20 p.m. at 3507 Jon St., according to a Colorado Springs Fire Department news release.
When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was streaming from the home.
The fire, which started in the basement, caused about $87,000 damage, the fire department said.
The American Red Cross and the fire department are aiding the two residents displaced by the fire.