BURLINGTON, Colo. (CBS4) – The stepson of a well-known veterinarian on Colorado’s Eastern Plains, and another man, are accused in her murder and appeared in court on Tuesday.
The crime has left the families and the small town of Burlington stunned.
Police arrested Dylan Eason, 19, and Isaiah Churchwell, 24, after finding Dr. Cynthia Campbell Eason beaten to death inside her own home. Both appeared in court in Kit Carson County to be advised of the charges that include first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, burglary, and theft.
Dylan Eason and Churchwell sat in court showing little emotion as 13th Judicial District Court Judge Kevin Hoyer told them the nature and penalties of the crimes they’re held in custody for.
Cynthia Eason, a beloved veterinarian, was found dead inside her home due to blunt force trauma. Police say after allegedly killing her the defendants fled with belongings they had stolen from her home.
Cynthia Eason’s husband, Jon Eason, who’s also the father of accused killer Dylan Eason, attended Tuesday’s hearing. He and other family members didn’t want to talk outside court.
On Facebook, however, Jon Eason wrote that he wants the death penalty for the two whom he says killed his wife over simple greed.
“I’m so engulfed in hate, that I want my kid and his friend to pay with their lives,” Jon Eason posted on Facebook.
Attorneys for the defendants asked the judge to set a bond but that request was denied. Their next court appearance is a status conference set for June 14.
Churchwell is the brother of a teenager who was found dead five years ago. Josh Churchwell’s body was found in a suitcase near Ruby Hill Park in Denver. He also lived in Burlington at the time of his death. The murder has never been solved.