A man charged with the brutal murder of his adoptive mother has his first day in court. This comes one day after Colorado Springs Police obtained an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Robert Nicholas Mountz.
The arrest affidavit provides more details about the hours after Beverly Mountz disappeared last month and how police believe Nick Mountz tried to cover his tracks.
Court documents show police found blood in the master bedroom of the family home. Investigators say it appears someone had tried to clean it up. When they found Beverly Mountz's badly burned and beaten body on Rampart Range Road, they also recovered an aluminum baseball bat. It is similar to one missing from the family home.
A search of cell phone records shows Nick Mountz had Beverly's cell phone and made multiple calls from it on the night she disappeared. He also made a call from a pay phone at a gas station on Pikes Peak. Detectives later recovered Beverly Mountz's purse from the gas station's dumpster.
Police also believe Nick spent that night in a room at the Days Inn on South Circle with his girlfriend. She told police Nick was crying and said he didn't know what he was going to do.
He left the next morning---without his girlfriend. And led police on a high speed chase in Beverly Mountz’s SUV. When police later searched the Durango, they found multiple blood stains in the cargo area.
Nick Mountz was advised of his rights on Tuesday. He's charged with first degree murder, aggravated robbery and motor vehicle theft, and is being held without bond.
The Mountz family declined to go on camera, but they told 11 News, while they are happy to see this case moving forward, nothing will bring back their wife and mother.
Updated: 05/20/2013 - Two weekends left to catch one great show!