Female Domestic Violence Killings In Colorado — 2016-Present

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Index

Year 2016

 

Year 2017

I think I killed him this time

Craig woman shoots husband at Bear Valley Inn

Year 2018

Woman arrested in fatal stabbing of her boyfriend south of Colorado Springs

Denver woman arrested after shooting man in donut shop parking lot

Colorado Springs woman kills her Army veteran fiancé over possible wedding guest


 

Year 2016


 

Year 2017


 

I think I killed him this time

Abstracted from story by Jesse Paul, The Denver Post

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April 1, 2017 — A woman fatally stabbed her boyfriend in a Five Points apartment in Denver before proclaiming “I think I killed him this time.” l

Elaine Gallegos,47, was being held at the Denver County Jail without bail on suspicion of first-degree murder in the slaying of Leslie Southern Jr., 56 He was pronounced dead at Denver Health medical center after being attacked on the 2100 block of Stout Street. Mr. Southern died of sharp-force injuries in what has been ruled a homicide.

Denver police say they were called out at about 12:45 AM to an apartment on the 2100 block of Stout Street where they found Southern unresponsive.

A woman who said she witnessed the stabbing told investigators that Ms. Gallegos, whom she identified as Southern's girlfriend, was responsible, according to an arrest affidavit. The witness said Gallegos and Southern were fighting when she hit him in the face and he hit her back.

Gallegos then said, “I'm gonna cut this motherfucker,” the affidavit says, before stabbing Southern once in the chest.

Ms. Gallegos called 911 and told a dispatcher that when she had returned to her apartment that she had found Leslie Southern lying on the floor bleeding. But she fled before first responders arrived. When questioned, Ms. Gallegos identified Southern as her “drinking buddy.”

In March 2018 Elaine Gallegos pled guilty to second-degree murder. On June 5, 2018, Elaine Gallegos was sentenced to 24-years in prison for the murder of her boyfriend.


 

Craig woman shoots husband at Bear Valley Inn

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Story abstracted from story by Lauren Blair in the Steamboat Pilot&Times and other news stories

October 4, 2017 — Rachel Niemeyer, 40, shot her husband, Michael Freese, 48, after drinking heavily and “messing around” with a rifle — that was supposedly unloaded — in their hotel room, according to court documents. The couple appeared to have been living there as they looked for employment in town and hey had been married about three years.

Rachel Ann Niemeyer, 40, was charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of prohibited use of a weapon and second-degree assault of a police officer — she reportedly kicked an officer in the shin — after shooting her husband. She was originally arrested on a charge of first-degree domestic violence.

Michael Freese was transported to the hospital with an “extremely serious, life-threatening injury,” according to an emergency room physician's statement, which was included in the arrest affidavit for Mrs. Niemeyer. The bullet entered his right ear and lodged in the C2 vertebra of his spine. He was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, where he died the following day.

During interviews with officers, Mrs. Neimeyer offered a fuzzy account of what happened, asking officers repeatedly if she had shot her husband. In other moments, she remarked she had done it and claimed that Michael set her up, stating that Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease four to five months earlier and that he had “told her to just take him out back and shoot him or put arsenic in his tea.

Mrs. Neimeyer told officers Michael had been playing around with the gun; then, they'd passed it back and forth. She added Freese had told her the weapon was not loaded. They were pulling the trigger as they passed it back and forth, she said.

They may have gotten into an argument at one point, according to her account. She told officers her husband beat her when they fought [ye olde abuse excuse], but it didn't happen regularly, and “everything had been getting better.”

The pair had just interviewed and landed jobs at the Clarion Inn earlier that day. They had started drinking to celebrate, and she had consumed a bottle of wine, he had consumed a six-pack of beer, and both had taken three shots of whiskey, according to her account.

Illustrating futility of bureaucratic, ideological bumbling, the Bear Valley Inn caretaker Anton Scherbl had attended Tuesday's Moffat County commissioners meeting, during which October was declared Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “When sitting at the county commissioners meeting, I had no idea it would come to my door step,” he stated piously. “I am very sorry that this happened to Craig.”

Craig jury finds woman guilty of 2nd-degree murder

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Abstracted from story by Jim Patterson, Craig Press

May 14, 2018 — Following a six-day trial and nearly seven hours of deliberation Monday, a jury of 10 women and two men found Rachel Niemeyer guilty of murder in the second degree in the October 4, 2017, shooting death of her husband, Michael Adam Freese.

The jury also found Niemeyer guilty of assault in the second degree, prohibited use of a firearm under the influence and prohibited use of a firearm.

Following the reading of the verdict, Chief Judge Michael A. O'Hara ordered a pre-sentencing investigative report and set a pre-sentencing hearing for 1 PM July 16, remanding Mrs. Niemeyer to the custody of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, without bond, pending that hearing.

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Rachel Niemeyer was sentenced to serve 18 years in prison for the October 4, 2017, murder of her husband, Michael Adam Freese.


 

Year 2018


 

Woman arrested in fatal stabbing of her boyfriend south of Colorado Springs

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Abstracted from article by Ellie Mulder, Colorado Springs Gazette, and other news stories

January 17, 2018 — Ta Tyana King, 22 was arrested Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of a boyfriend south of Colorado Springs in the Stratmoor Hills area, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced.

Jerwarren Donterious Jackson was found lying on the ground in the 1600 block of Hampton South outside their shared apartment about 3 AM, the Sheriff's Office said. He was taken to UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, where he died.

The murder occurred after Mr. Jackson learned that Ms. King was sleeping with another man, and a “physical altercation” occurred inside their apartment when Mr. Jackson attempted to pack his clothes.

Ms. King told investigators that Mr. Jackson punched her in the face after learning of her infidelity, and that's when she stabbed him [ye old abuse excuse]. She said she used a piece of broken glass at first, but later said she used a knife.

Investigators obtained surveillance video from the apartment complex which shows the victim clutching his abdomen and looking backward as he exited the apartment. Ms. King could be seen walking after him holding a knife. One witness said she heard Mr. Jackson begging for his life, pleading to King, “Babe stop, please just stop.”

Witnesses said Ms. King followed Jackson outside and kicked him while he laid on the ground with the stab wound. She also admitted to investigators that she told Jackson she “hoped he died,” when he was on the ground.

Jerwarren Jackson was taken to Memorial Hospital where he later died.

Sheriff deputies found Ms. King and two witnesses nearby. After deputies interviewed the witnesses she was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. She might face additional charges, the Sheriff's Office said. but she apparently doesn't have a prior criminal history in Colorado.

On June 1, 2018, Ta Tyana, or Tatyana King pled guilty to second -degree murder in the heat of passion. She faces 10 to 32 years in prison.


 

Denver woman arrested after shooting man in donut shop parking lot

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July 23, 2018 — Brittany Lyons, 25, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder after a fatal shooting that happened early Monday morning.

Ms. Lyons was arrested after a man was fatally shot in a parking lot of Lamar's Donuts at West Sixth Avenue and Kalamath Street about 2:30 AM. The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:51 AM. The identity of the victim has not been released.

When police arrived at the scene they found Ms. Lyons holding a 9 mm handgun with an empty cartridge stuck in the ejection port of the weapon.

Bullet holes were also seen in a vehicle parked in front of businesses on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Police said Ms. Lyons and the victim knew each other but are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.


 

Colorado Springs woman kills her Army veteran fiancé over possible wedding guest

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Abstracted from article by Kaitlin Durbin, Colorado Springs Gazette

July 25, 2018 — Colorado Springs police said they found Brandon Watkins, age 33, “unresponsive and bloody” after his fiancé, Jacqueline Souza, 31, called 911 to 6310 Cabana Circle for an “unknown urgent medical assist.”

Court records show that Army veteran Watkins was stabbed to death Saturday after arguing with his fiancé over suspected infidelity. A steak knife was on the kitchen table near his body.

Brandon Watkins' military records show he served as a food service specialist in the Army from 2010 to 2016, deploying once for three months to Iraq. He earned many commendations.

Police said Ms. Souza tried to explain his death in many conversations with them. Initially she told them she and Watkins were coming home early Saturday from a bar, where they were celebrating their upcoming Las Vegas wedding, and they started fighting about whether to invite a certain guest. Watkins was advocating to invite a woman he once had an affair with, and she suspected it was ongoing.

They continued fighting at home, but what happened there changes with each telling, police said in their report.

First, Souza said she came out of the bathroom to find Watkins with a knife sticking out of his chest and the sliding glass door open, but police said there was no indication the home had been broken into.

Then she said he might have stabbed himself in the chest because of their fight.

Police said when they pressed her a third time, she accused him of cheating with multiple women, which she said led Watkins to grab her by the throat and push her up against the wall of the garage. Back in the kitchen they continued “trading insults” until she told police Watkins picked up a steak knife and backed her up against the sink.

At one point Ms. Souza claimed Watkins held the knife to her face to scare her. She then corrected herself, stating that he did not threaten her. But to get him away from her, Jacqueline told police, she pushed Watkins in the chest and he fell down on top of the knife. After that she called 911 and administered CPR on Watkins until help arrived.

Police said Ms. Souza's accounts are not consistent with where Brandon Watkins' body was found or with a dark bruise “roughly the size of the butt end or finger grip portion of a steak knife” on her right, dominant hand.

Ms. Souza was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder. She posted a $50,000 bond and was released Tuesday morning, an El Paso County sheriff's spokeswoman said. She was scheduled for an appearance on the murder charge August 1 st . Court records show Jacqueline Souza did not have a criminal record but she was in the process of divorcing another man.

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