Alex Christopher Ewing, the man accused of bludgeoning four victims to death with a hammer three decades ago, has arrived in Colorado, where he will face charges in the cold case killings.
The Nevada Supreme Court last week denied Ewing’s motion to stay in Nevada, where he’s been held since 1985 on an attempted-murder conviction.
Ewing is being held at the Arapahoe County Detention Center, with an advisement hearing scheduled for Monday, Vikki Migoya, spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’1`s Office, said via email.
The brutal 1984 murders shook the region, the investigative trail going cold for decades. On Jan. 10, 1984, Patricia Smith was raped and killed in her Lakewood apartment. Six days later, Bruce and Patricia Bennett and their 7-year-old daughter Melissa were found dead in Aurora.
In August 2018, 34 years after the murders, DNA evidence on two pieces of carpet and a little girl’s bed comforter connected Ewing to the scene of the crimes.
The cold case is the latest in a growing list of serious crimes now being checked out in a new light as DNA evidence gives investigators previously untapped resources.