Ex-Nevada Inmate Gets Life for 1984 Colorado Hammer Killings | Colorado News

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A former Nevada jail inmate was sentenced Tuesday to a few consecutive life sentences within the long-unsolved 1984 hammer killings of three Colorado members of the family, together with a 7-year-old lady, inside their suburban Denver dwelling.

Sixty-one-year-old Alex Ewing was convicted Aug. 6 of first-degree homicide after a two-day trial by which prosecutors contended Ewing used a hammer and a knife to kill Bruce Bennett, 27, his spouse, Debra, 26, and daughter Melissa within the Bennetts’ dwelling. Melissa Bennett additionally was raped, prosecutors stated.

Another daughter, 3-year-old Vanessa, was overwhelmed within the head with a hammer as have been her dad and mom and sister however survived the assault.

Ewing can also be charged with the hammer killing of Patricia Louise Smith, 50, in her dwelling in suburban Lakewood a few week earlier than the Aurora killings. Smith additionally was sexually assaulted. Ewing’s trial in that case is ready for October.

Arapahoe County District Court Judge Darren Vahle informed Ewing on Tuesday that the crimes Ewing was convicted of have been the worst he had seen in a quarter-century of working towards regulation, The Aurora Sentinel reported.

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“Over a 12-day span, you inflicted an unspeakable orgy of violence,” Vahle stated.

Ewing was recognized as a suspect in 2018 by DNA proof whereas in imprisoned in Nevada, the place he was convicted of attacking a pair within the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson in 1984 with an ax deal with of their bed room. The outcomes of a DNA pattern taken from Ewing have been linked with DNA developed years later from proof taken from the scenes of the Colorado killings.

Ewing did not converse through the sentencing listening to.

Several Bennett members of the family learn statements throughout Tuesday’s listening to, together with Vanessa Bennett Schulz, now 41.

“I’m sure my parents and sister were great people, but it’s unfortunate I don’t remember anything about them,” Bennett Schulz stated. “I didn’t just lose my parents and sister, I lost my trust in people.”

Bruce Bennett’s mom, Connie Bennett, 87, requested the choose for the utmost sentence. She had testified that she found her son’s bloody physique inside the house after her son and his spouse didn’t present up for work.

“Some people may call him an animal,” she stated of Ewing. “But I won’t because I think animals have a purpose in this world.”

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