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Sun 6:38pm: Suspect in Colo. triple slaying arrested in Okla.

December 29, 2013
The Associated Press , Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com

DENVER - A man suspected of killing three people and setting fire to a home in southern Colorado has been captured in Oklahoma after a nationwide manhunt, authorities said today.

Harry Carl Mapps, 59, was arrested at a motel in Roland, Okla., on Saturday night, said Kirk Taylor, sheriff of Pueblo County, Colo. Mapps had spent more than a month on the run.

A booking photo showed him with a swollen lip and large red patch on his right cheek, but authorities said there had been no struggle. No other details of his arrest were released.

Taylor said Mapps was found using information developed by the U.S. Marshals Service in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Mapps had lived in Texas.

The Marshals Service had issued a fugitive warrant for Mapps and said authorities were searching for him nationwide.

Mapps was wanted on first-degree murder charges. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney, and authorities did not yet know if he would fight extradition to Colorado.

Mapps is accused of fatally shooting Kim Tuttle, 55; her husband, Reggie Tuttle, 51; and their daughter, Dawn Roderick, 33. Their bodies were found in the Tuttles' home in the small town of Rye after the house burned on Nov. 27.

Roderick lived in nearby Pueblo. Authorities haven't said why she was at her parents' house.

The fire was ruled arson, and Taylor said it was meant to cover up the shootings.

 
 

 

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