Colorado woman accused of murdering ex-husband

On behalf of Anaya-McKedy, P.C. posted in Violent Crimes on Tuesday, October 18, 2011.

Prosecutors claim a Colorado woman followed her ex-husband’s movements before she stabbed him to death in his home this past August.

The 39-year-old Fort Collins woman reportedly told authorities that she had arranged for her husband to be beaten up by a Denver man, but she didn’t kill her ex or pay to have him killed. She is charged with first-degree murder in the case.

According to one media outlet, a witness observed someone who looks like the defendant near the ex-husband’s house around the time he was stabbed.

The man’s girlfriend found his body and called police, telling the dispatcher she believed his ex-wife was responsible for the slaying.

The couple had separated in the fall of last year and their divorce was finalized in May this year.

The girlfriend told investigators that she and the man had driven to Colorado Springs and other spots as part of a weekend getaway, returning on a Sunday night around 10:40.

The ex-wife said she was indeed in the vicinity of his house that night; she said she’d gone to unlock her ex’s door for the man she’d asked to beat him up.

The next day, the ex-wife was found by a co-worker semi-conscious in a hotel room after an apparent suicide attempt.

When police talked to her about the killing the night before, she told them about the man she’d met in a bar. She and the man agreed he would hurt her ex. In exchange, she said, she had sex with the man.

She agreed to identify the man with a photo composite, but said she wouldn’t cooperate without first getting the advice of a criminal defense attorney.

Please note that that’s a wise thing for someone accused of a violent crime to say and do: decline to talk to authorities until after the accused has received legal counsel.

Source: The Coloradoan: “Affidavit: Ex-wife tracked Fort Collins man before killing him,” Robert Allen, Oct. 13, 2011