Prosecutors charged an 81-year-old man with murder, tampering with a dead body and false reporting charges Monday after the dismemberment death of his wife and daughter.
The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office prosecutors filed five charges in Arapahoe County District Court against Reginald Maclaren, who was arrested on March 25 by Englewood police, according to a tweet by prosecutors. The charges include two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of tampering with a body and one charge of false reporting.
Police said Maclaren confessed to killing his wife, Bethany, 70, and his daughter, Ruth Jennifer, 35, with an ax after he notified police they’d been murdered with a hammer by a suspect he knew.
The police said in a news release that Maclaren later dismembered one of the bodies with a saw. They said investigators found him distraught at their residence in Englewood, south of Denver, and were trying to determine what motivated him to commit these crimes. They said in an affidavit that he told investigators he’d recently lost a job that involved working with homeless people and that he was concerned his wife and daughter would end up homeless if he was unable to afford rent.
Maclaren was being held without bond.
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