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Rye murder victims' family surprised to hear of Harry Mapps' capture

By Michelle San Miguel, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau/Telemundo Anchor, michelle.sanmiguel@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 29 2013 11:36:41 PM CST

Murder victims' family surprised to hear of Mapps' capture

PUEBLO, Colo. -

Mark Roderick received news Saturday night he worried he'd never hear: Harry Mapps had been captured.

"I'm just surprised he was found to be honest with you," Roderick said. 

Mapps was arrested Saturday at a motel in Roland, Okla. U.S. Marshals found his van and then worked with Oklahoma law enforcement to arrest him. Mapps is accused of killing Kim and Reginald Tuttle and their daughter, Dawn Roderick, before setting their home on fire on Nov. 27. 

"It just seemed like everybody was happy for the first time in over a month," said Roderick of his family learning about Mapps' capture.

Roderick said he doesn't think his family will ever heal but he said Mapps' arrest will help them start. "My kids are suffering. My kids are gonna have to live with this for the rest of their lives," he said.

Roderick plans on being in the courtroom every day of Mapps' trial with one question in mind. "I'm gonna ask him: Why'd you do this to my kids?"

Pueblo County District Attorney Jeff Chostner hasn't said if Mapps could face the death penalty. Roderick said he hopes Mapps does. "If I had to choose, I would say an eye for an eye. He needs to answer for what he did," Roderick said. "He needs to own up to it and live with it. If it cost him his life, it cost him his life."

Roderick said he hopes Mapps confesses to the crimes and spares the family from the heartbreaking details in court. Regardless, Roderick said he will sit through it. 

"I want him to know he did not break me and he did not break my family," Roderick said. "We are a lot stronger than what he can ever imagine we are."

Mapps was wanted for three counts of first-degree murder, arson, theft, identity theft and forgery. He was also wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for federal unlawful flight to avoid persecution. 

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