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Victims in Rye triple murder died hours before fire ignited, investigators say

By Michelle San Miguel, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau/Telemundo Anchor, michelle.sanmiguel@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 14 2014 11:11:01 PM CST

Victims in Rye triple murder died hours before fire ignited, investigators say

RYE, Colo. -

Three people murdered in Rye last November were dead at least five hours before their house was lit on fire, according to Harry Mapps' arrest affidavit.

According to court records obtained by The Pueblo Chieftain, Mapps, 59, was about to be kicked out of a home in Rye before the murder. He had been living with Kim and Reginald Tuttle after his estranged wife, Sandy Mapps, kicked him out of their Texas home.

The Tuttle's daughter, Dawn Roderick, told her husband, Mark Roderick, on Nov. 26 that her parents were planning to ask Mapps to move out. According to court documents, one of the problems, she said, was how Mapps was dispatching loads for her parents' trucking company. The next day, Dawn Roderick and the Tuttles were found dead inside their Rye home.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office said Mapps shot Kim and Reginald Tuttle multiple times in their bed and then shot Dawn Roderick. Investigators said because of renovations done in the house, someone would have had to be familiar with the home to know where Dawn's room was located.

Arson investigators found the fire was started in three places. Two of the points of origin were in the basement, where Mapps had been staying.

The sheriff's office said nine casings from the bullets used in the murders were placed in a pellet heater. The door to the heater was left open with clothes placed around the stove. Investigators said none of Mapps' belongings were found in the basement.

According to arrest papers, none of the weapons used in the murder were found in the home. When federal investigators arrested Mapps at a motel in Oklahoma last month, they found he had 23 weapons with him. 

Mapps faces 18 felony charges, including six counts of first-degree murder.

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