Suspects in murder-suicide theft to be tried in Grand County
The man and woman who are suspected of stealing evidence from a murder-suicide crime scene near Kremmling, Jerod Morris Reeves, 29, and Kimberly Mae McCaffery, 35, both of Craig, will appear in Spokane County Superior Court on Dec. 27 after being taken into custody in Spokane Valley, Wash., on Friday, Dec. 23.
According to Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson, if the suspects waive extradition they could be back in Grand County within a week. If they fight it, it can take up to a month.
The Sheriff’s Office will meet this week with the district attorney and federal prosecutors to discuss the federal charges that could result in a federal court trial versus a trial in District Court in Grand County. When they are extradited back to Colorado, they will be detained in Hot Sulphur Springs at the Grand County Jail and will have a chance to bond out at $50,000 each, said Johnson.
Arrest warrants were issued out of District Court in Grand County for Reeves and McCaffery on Wednesday, Dec. 21 for the crimes of tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of a financial device, first degree criminal trespass and abuse of a corpse, as well as warrants from Federal Court District of Colorado.
Reeves and McCaffery are suspected of stealing a pistol, wallet, credit cards, iPhone, and gasoline from the scene of a father-son murder-suicide in Grand County.
Reeves is also being charged with using a hacksaw to cut off two fingers of William Ahrold in order to steal the pistol that Ahrold was still holding after Reeves and McCaffery came upon the van containing the frozen bodies of William and his 9-year old son, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s office.
It is still unclear from authorities how Reeves and McCaffery discovered the white Chevy van on County Road 102 on Saturday, Dec. 17, where the bodies of father and son were found by a Bureau of Land Management law enforcement officer.
Johnson confirmed that William Ahrold shot both his son, who was autistic, and himself while in the back of the van. There is no apparent motive as to why the father killed his son and then himself, according to Johnson.
The FBI has recovered the gun, which had been sold multiple times during the week before the suspects were arrested.
A search warrant will be prepared for a vehicle that Reeves and McCaffery had been driving just prior to their arrest.
According to the Spokane “Spokesman-Review” newspaper, the FBI alerted Spokane Valley police Friday about 2:25 p.m. that the couple used a stolen credit card at a convenience store. The suspects were “electronically tracked” to a motel about 9:30 p.m., according to the Spokane Valley Police Department. They were taken into custody without incident.
Last Wednesday the FBI joined the multi-state manhunt for Reeves and McCaffery.
Through the suspects’ use of credit cards, photographs, and videos, law enforcement officers said they were able to originally identify Reeves and McCaffery.
The bodies were found in a van on County Road 102. They had been there for at least several days, according to authorities.
CR 102 is about 12 miles southwest of where the Trough Road leaves US Highway 9 south of Kremmling. CR 102 dead-ends about a half mile from the Trough Road.
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