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Man Charged In Denver Slaying Pleads Insanity

Credit: KCNC

Credit: KCNC

A 32-year-old man accused of wounding his estranged wife, killing her neighbor and setting several makeshift explosive devices in southwest Denver has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The Denver Post reports that Daniel Abeyta pleaded not guilty Friday to first-degree murder, using incendiary devices during a murder, first-degree assault and child abuse.

Prosecutors say he wounded his wife, 26-year-old Autume Estrada, and killed her neighbor, 46-year-old Sandra Roskilly, on Aug. 16. After the slaying, Abeyta was shot by police after they say he fired at a propane tank with gunpowder on top.

District Judge Ann Frick accepted Abeyta's plea Friday and ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation.


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A woman is dead and her alleged shooter in the hospital.

Sister station KCNC says the incident started at 11 a.m. after the gunman fired his weapon inside a home off South Irving, killing one woman. A second woman in a neighboring home was found with a gunshot wound to the leg. The relationship between the gunman and the two women is unknown at this time.

Police say 31-year-old Daniel Abetya also shot at propane tanks that were set up in the street. One of the tanks blew up when it was hit.

A bomb squad searched homes for an explosive device.

The gunman allegedly fired at officers at the scene. He was injured after police returned fire. Abetya is in critical condition.

Neighbors who know Abeyta say he is a military veteran and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is in a difficult marriage.

Police say they don't know the relationship between the alleged gunman and the two woman who were shot.

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