CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4)– A jury has been seated in the trial for Alex Ewing, the man accused of using a hammer to kill four people in Aurora. Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday. It’s been nearly four decades since the gruesome murders of Bruce and Debra Bennett and their 7-year-old daughter Melissa in Aurora in January 1984.
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Ewing is also charged with killing Patricia Louise Smith in Lakewood about a week before the Bennett murders. He is scheduled to go on trial in that case in October.READ MORE: Focus On New Moms, Pregnant Women In Colorado Naloxone Project Expansion
Ewing was identified as a suspect in 2018 through DNA evidence while in prison in Nevada, where he was convicted of attacking a couple with an ax handle in their bedroom. The results of a DNA sample taken from Ewing in was entered into a national database and linked with DNA developed from evidence taken from the scenes of the Colorado killings.MORE NEWS: New Video Emerges Of Aurora Police Stop, Triggering Internal Investigation: 'I Was Petrified Of That Gun'
Ewing fought extradition but was sent to Colorado to face the charges last year. He has pleaded not guilty. The trial is scheduled for three weeks.