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Fingerprints Key In Identifying Murder Suspect

By: Alyssa Chin/AP/KKTV Email
By: Alyssa Chin/AP/KKTV Email
Fingerprint evidence was key in identifying Marcus Smith as the alleged murderer of an 87-year-old Colorado Springs woman, according to court documents. The victim

Marcus Smith

A 21-year-old is being held without bond on charges of murdering an 87-year-old woman. Now, court documents just released to KKTV 11 News have revealed that police relied on fingerprints to identify their suspect.

Kathryn "Kit" Grazioli's body was found Wednesday at a popular Colorado Springs trailhead. Marcus Smith, a man with a criminal history dating to his teenage years, was arrested and charged with her murder a few days later.

Grazioli’s body was found on a dirt road known as Captain Jack’s Trail Head near Lower Gold Camp Road around 2:30 Wednesday morning. After firefighters realized it was a body that was burning, they called police.

The affidavit says the County Coroner was able to identify the body as Grazioli by her denture plate, which was stamped with her name.

Wednesday afternoon, detectives served a search warrant at Grazioli’s home at 1130 Samuel Point in Colorado Springs. The documents say detectives believe that computer equipment and a vehicle were missing from the home.

They also found two window screens behind a neighbor’s fence. One of those screens was reportedly from Grazioli’s home and a second was from another neighboring home at 1138 Samuel Point.

According to the affidavit, fingerprints found on the exterior window of 1138 Samuel Point were identified as belonging to Marcus Smith.

At 5:03 p.m. that afternoon, police write that they found Grazioli’s car on Westmeadow Drive, about two blocks west of her home. They also found Smith’s fingerprints on the handle of the driver side door.

"This is upsetting to this community, which police consider a sleepy community,” Phil Baldwin, the president of the homeowner’s association, said. “We have a lot of elderly people. We have a few young families. But, overwhelmingly it's an older community."

Phil and Betty Baldwin live on the same block as Grazioli, and told 11 News it's been an overwhelming week.

"You feel a little powerless when something like this happens for certain, but we're going to discuss amongst ourselves if anything we can physically do or recommend to our homeowners that might prevent this,” Phil said. “(Kit) was a wonderful lady and we're just glad it's over," Betty added.

As a result of their investigation, officers arrested Smith while he was walking on the 1300 block of Suncrest Way around 12:15 Friday afternoon. He is charged with murder in the first degree.

Taylor Leblanc lives on the block where Smith was found. He said this arrest raises some concerns.

"It makes me kind of wonder how people are around here and maybe I should be thinking about our security a little more. Double check our windows and doors, things like that, and keep our kids closer," Leblanc said.

Smith is being held without bond and appeared in video court for the first time Monday.

Police say they have no other suspects in this investigation.

If you have information about this incident please call police at 719-444-7000. If you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime-stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867) or you can simply text CSPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411).


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