DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – New information is slowly coming out about four men accused in a double murder last week in Douglas County.
The men are accused of murdering Amara Wells and her brother–in-law Robert Rafferty at the Rafferty home on Marlin Way. The bodies were discovered on Feb. 23 and the home remains a crime scene.
Amara’s estranged husband Chris Wells, plus Matthew Plake, Josiah Sher and Micah Woody all currently face first degree murder charges. The men, three of whom were arrested last weekend, all worked together at an auto broker company in Colorado Springs.
Jason Oringer, general manager of Rocky Mountain Auto Brokers, says he can’t believe the allegations.
“It’s extremely shocking, everybody is very upset, our hearts go out to all the families and our prayers are with them,” said Jason Oringer, general manager of Rocky Mountain Auto Brokers.
On Tuesday the victims’ families released a statement thanking people for their prayers and support, and law enforcement for their hard work. They also asked for privacy.
In their statement, the families call Bob Rafferty and Amara Wells “a gift to all who knew them.” They also said that it was a “tragic and senseless crime.”
They’ve asked the public and media to give them time to grieve.
Neighbors have told CBS4 they don’t know what to think of the situation. “There is a lot of speculation flying around,” one neighbor told CBS4.
Investigators have been at the home for nearly a week. They are still working to piece together what exactly happened and how long the victims bodies were in the home before being found.
Plake, Sher and Woody were arrested last weekend. Chris Wells was already in custody for allegedly violating a restraining order.
According to court documents, Sher faces several other charges in addition to first degree murder. They are arson, burglary and 1st degree assault disfigurement. Sher enlisted in the military in 2002 and is a sergeant in the Army reserves.