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Douglas Thames Arrest Warrant

Douglas Thames Arrest Warrant

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DISTRICT / COUNTY COURT, MESA COUNTY, STATE OF COLORADOACTION NUMBER 12CRMesa County (Colorado
) Sheriff’s
Office Case 11L2798
ARREST WARRANT
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO,TO:
ANY PEACE OFFICER IN THE STATE OF COLORADO, INTO WHOSE HANDS THIS WARRANT SHALLCOME, GREETINGS:
WHEREAS, Investigator Jim Hebenstreit, a peace officer, has made Application and Affidavit forthe issuance of an Arrest Warrant; and,WHEREAS, the Application appears proper, and this Court is satisfied that there is probablecause to believe that the person named in the Application has committed the offenses of:1.
 
Murder in the First Degree (after deliberation),
in violation of C.R.S. 18-3-102(1)(a)
  ,
 
a class 1felony.2.
 
Murder in the First Degree (felony murder),
in violation of C.R.S. 18-3-102(1)(b), a class 1felony.3.
 
Sexual Assault in the First Degree,
In violation of C.R.S. 18-3-402(1)(a),(3)(b),
 
a class 2 felony.
YOU ARE THEREFORE COMMANDED TO ARRESTDouglas Thames DOB 09/23/72
White male, 5’10”, 185 lbs., brown hai
r, blue eyes
and bring them without unnecessary delay before the nearest
 
available Judge of the County or DistrictCourt.It is therefore ordered that Bond is set in the amount of $___________.DONE this ________ day of April , 2012.BY THE COURT
 __________________________
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
 
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DISTRICT / COUNTY COURT, MESA COUNTY, STATE OF COLORADOACTION NUMBER 12CRMesa County
(Colorado) Sheriff’s Office
Case 11L2798
AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF ARREST WARRANT
IN THE MATTER OF:The People of The State of ColoradoV.
Douglas Thames DOB 09/23/72
Comes now, Jim Hebenstreit, and being of lawful age and first duly sworn upon oath, states andalleges in support of an arrest warrant for the above named Defendant as follows:1. I am a duly employed law enforcement officer, employed as an Investigator with the Mesa
County Sheriff’s Office and was so employed at all times relevant to this affidavit. The
information contained in this affidavit was compiled by me in the course of a criminalinvestigation by reviewing official reports and documents, speaking to fellow law enforcementofficers, and citizen witnesses. All locations referred to are in Mesa County, unless specificallynoted otherwise.
2. On Saturday, June 4, 1994 at approximately 0827 hours, the Greater Grand Valley CommunicationsCenter (911) received a telephone call from Mr. Benjamin Hamm at 855 Inness Court #1 in Palisade,Colorado. Mr. Hamm reported he had found a body in a bathtub at 855 Inness Court, Apartment #2.Police Officers with the Palisade Police Department responded and found the body of a deceased whitefemale laying in the bathtub of the upstairs bathroom. The Palisade Rescue Squad was also dispatchedto the scene. EMT Rose McDonald entered the apartment and confirmed the victim was deceased.3. During a subsequent interview with Palisade Police Officer Jeff Doty, Mr. Hamm stated he wasawakened by his girlfriend at approximately 0730 hours on 06/04/94 and noticed water running nextdoor in Apartment #2. Upon going downstairs he noticed water coming from the roof and cabinets inthe kitchen. Mr. Hamm became concerned and went to apartment #2 and knocked on the front door.No one came to the door and Mr. Hamm then went back upstairs and yelled out his bathroom windowto turn off the water. After a few minutes, Mr. Hamm returned to Apartment #2 and knocked on thefront door again. When no one answered, he checked the door knob and found it was unlocked. Heentered apartment #2 and shouted to determine if anyone was home. When no one answered, Mr.Hamm went upstairs to check on the sound of running water. Upon entering the bathroom, Mr. Hammfound the bathroom door was open and both doors to the bathtub were open to the left. He saw thelegs of a person lying in the bathtub and received no response when he asked if everything was okay.When he looked inside the bathtub on the right side of the shower door, Mr. Hamm observed a youngfemale laying face up in the bathtub. He saw her head was tilted back and there was blood around her
 
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nose and mouth. Mr. Hamm saw what he thought was a multi-colored scarf around her neck. Thefemale was wearing a tee shirt and was nude from the waist down. Mr. Hamm turned off the water andreturned to his apartment to call 911. Mr. Hamm also stated during his interview that the residents inapartment #2 had a party on 06/03/94 and there were people in and out of apartment #2 until 0130hours on 06/04/94.4. The Palisade Police Departmen
t requested assistance from the Mesa County Sheriff’s
Office. MCSOInvestigator Steve Stogsdill assisted in the investigation. At approximately 0940 hours on 06/04/94Investigator Stogsdill arrived at 855 Inness Court, Apartment #2 and started to examine the crime scene.During the investigation, Mesa County District Attorney Frank Daniels was contacted by Palisade PoliceChief Greg Kuhn and briefed on the investigation. During the conversation Mr. Daniels requested asearch warrant be obtained to search and process the apartment for evidence.5. The victim was identified as Jacie Taylor (DOB: 03/28/75). She was transported to CommunityHospital where a Forensic Autopsy was performed by Doctor Robert Kurtzman. During the autopsy, Dr.Kurtzman found the victim had contusions (bruises) and abrasions (scrapes) on the body indicating shehad been involved in a struggle and had been beaten prior to death. These injuries (contusions andabrasions) were noted on the arms, legs, genitalia, anus, face and head. Dr. Kurtzman concluded theinjury to the genitalia and anus indicated the decedent had been sexually assaulted. A pink in color dog
leash was tied around the victim’s neck and several pieces of soap had been inserted in the victim’s
vagina. Fingernails on the right and left hand of the decedent were broken, indicative of a struggle. Dr.Kurtzman ruled the cause of death was Ligature Strangulation and the manner of death was Homicide.
At the autopsy, control samples of the victim’s blood, head hai
rs, pubic hairs, oral, vaginal and rectalswabs and fingernails were obtained and later sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation forexamination and testing. The soap and the dog leash were also collected at autopsy and sent to theColorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis.6. On June 4, 1994, Officer Dave Schumacher prepared an affidavit for a search warrant for 855 InnessCourt, Apartment #2 and the search warrant was issued by District Judge Charles Buss. On June 4, 1994,the crime scene was examined and processed by Investigator Stogsdill, Chief Investigator Gil Stone with
the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office and Mr. Joseph Snyder of Forensic Science Consultants.
During the examination, several blood drops, blood spatters and blood smears were found andexamined by Mr. Snyder
. Mr. Snyder’s report indicated
medium velocity bloodstain pattern on the livingroom sofa and on the wall behind the
sofa. Mr. Snyder’s report describes medium velocity pattern is a
result of a bloody surface being impacted by a medium velocity impact or a bloody object striking asurface with a medium velocity force. A medium velocity impact is consistent with a force of between
25 to 100 feet per second. Blunt force trauma per Mr. Snyder’s report is an excell
ent example of thistype of spatter. Mr. Snyder also found blood splattering and concentrated blood stains, as well as hairson items located on the living room sofa. Mr. Snyder also conducted a preliminary test for blood on thehandle of the bathroom sink which showed positive for blood.7. Mr. Snyder later testified at trial about the crime scene processing at 855 Inness Court, Apartment 2.He described blood spatter on the apartment wall, blood on pizza boxes in the living room, and a blueand white blanket that was located on the south corner of the living room couch. The blanket and pizzaboxes were collected and booked into evidence. Mr. Snyder testified he tested the blanket afterreceiving it on 10/24/94 and located a semen stain on the blanket. He testified that John Moran fromCBI had previously tested the blanket and did not find the semen stain on the blanket.

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