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Suspect in Rye killings will return to Pueblo; DA considers death penalty

Pueblo District Attorney Jeff Chostner said Monday his office is weighing whether to pursue the death penalty against Harry Mapps, the suspect in a triple homicide last month in Rye.

“That’s the issue that has to be decided,” Chostner said Monday.

He said his office has not filed formal charges against Mapps, 59, who was arrested in Roland, Okla., on Pueblo County warrants for murder, theft, forgery, identity theft and arson.

Once the office has made its decision on the death penalty, formal charges will be filed, Chostner said.

He said he expects the decision to come soon.

When Oklahoma and federal investigators searched Mapps’ motel room Saturday, they found a credit card belonging to shooting victim Reginald Tuttle, along with 23 assorted handguns, rifles and shotguns.

Mapps is the prime suspect in the Nov. 27 murders of Tuttle, his wife, Kim, and their daughter, Dawn Roderick.

All three were shot to death and their Rye home was set on fire.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Mapps was arrested without incident by U.S. Marshals and local police in a second-floor room at the Interstate Inn.

Roland is just across the Oklahoma border from Fort Smith, Ark.

State officials said they had been notified by marshals that Mapps was at the motel, which is on U.S. 64, near Interstate 40.

According to the search warrant for Mapps’ room and Chrysler van, investigators recovered 23 handguns, rifles and shotguns, as well as a Cabella’s brand Visa credit card belonging to Reggie Tuttle.

They also found $5,700 in cash envelopes from the Colorado Bank and Trust. Mapps is suspected of having cashed checks belonging to the Tuttle family at that bank.

The suspect was arraigned in Sequoyah County District Court, Okla., on Monday morning and waived his extradition to Colorado.

Pueblo County Undersheriff J.R. Hall said Monday his office wasn’t certain when Mapps would make his return to Pueblo.

The Tuttles and their daughter were at the family home in Rye on Nov. 27, when the house was reported on fire. After the blaze was extinguished, investigators found the three bodies in the burned home. All had been shot to death, according to the Pueblo County coroner’s office.

Mapps had worked for Reggie Tuttle and lived at the house at the time. The investigation immediately focused on him.

Reporter Anny Sivilay and editor Gina Smith of The Sequoyah County Times contributed to this story.

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