Swayde Jones, 35, Michael Brown, 27, and Christopher Dickerson, 26, have been charged with murder in the first degree following the death of a man in Colorado Springs. Jones and Brown are Delta residents; Dickerson is from Montrose.
The body of James Klinger was discovered in a room at the Clarion Hotel on Friday, March 15. The coroner ruled the death a homicide from a gunshot wound.
Colorado Springs police are not seeking any additional suspects at this time.
Klinger's murder occurred just one week before Brown and Jones were arrested by Montrose County Sheriff's deputies and officers from the 7th Judicial Drug Task Force. While performing a traffic stop on Highway 50 near Olathe, they seized 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 11 firearms and drug paraphernalia. Two of the firearms were determined to have been previously reported stolen from another jurisdiction.
At the conclusion of the traffic stop, agents of the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force applied for and were granted a search warrant for a storage unit where both parties were observed just prior to the traffic stop. Upon executing that search warrant, additional firearms, suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were seized. One of the weapons was an illegal sawed-off shotgun.
Brown was also contacted March 23 on Highway 133 near Paonia after his vehicle was observed weaving in and out of the proper lane. He was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and failure to operate his vehicle in a single lane. Subsequent to his arrest, sheriff's deputies found a large amount of suspected methamphetamine in his vehicle, prompting additional charges. Brown posted bond of $25,000 and was re-arrested March 26.
According to Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee, one of the suspects allegedly made a comment to another inmate in the Montrose County Jail. That led to an investigation that ultimately involved the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The murder charges were filed in early April and Swayde and Brown were transported to Colorado Springs, where they are being held.blog comments powered by Disqus