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Wife of triple-homicide suspect fears for her life

By Michelle San Miguel, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau/Telemundo Anchor, michelle.sanmiguel@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 05 2013 07:58:05 PM CST

Wife of triple-homicide suspect fears for her life

PUEBLO, Colo. -

Harry Mapps' estranged wife said she fears for her life as the nationwide manhunt for her husband continues. Mapps is accused of killing Reginald Tuttle, 51; Kim Tuttle; 55; and their Dawn Roderick, 33, before setting their home on fire in Rye.

Sandy Mapps said she hasn't heard from Harry since they separated six months ago. She said she never suspected her husband was capable of murder.

"He was very, very soft spoken, very calm -- never even raised his voice."

Sandy and Harry have been married for nearly 15 years. Sandy said they separated a handful of times, most recently six months ago when she asked him to leave the house.

"Our separation every single time had to do with alcohol and it was his alcohol," Sandy said.

In 2009, Sandy said Harry was arrested for driving drunk in Wisconsin and lost his job. When they separated six months ago, Sandy said it was for good. "There's no way I would take him back," she said.

When they separated, Harry went to stay with the Tuttle's. She said they had been friends for over 20 years. Sandy said she doesn't understand how Harry could be suspected of killing his friends and their daughter.

"Maybe the shock has worn off but the disbelief has not," Sandy said.

Until Harry is found, Sandy said law enforcement is guarding her home in Texas. Still, she's worried for her safety.

"How could I not be? I made him leave," she said.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Mapps' arrest. 

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