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Suspect Allegedly Connected To Double-Murder Going To Trial

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Eight witness took the stand Wednesday morning in a preliminary hearing for a teen accused of harboring a double-homicide suspect.

After hearing testimony and reviewing evidence, a judge decided there was probable cause and sufficient evidence to send Jerel Couch to trial.

Couch, 19, has been charged with accessory to first-degree murder for his alleged role in the deaths of Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his wife Whitney Butler. The couple was killed on Jan. 14 when they walked in on a burglary-in-progress at their Colorado Springs home. Police say the couple surprised the suspect, who then opened fire on the pair. The couple was expecting their first child.

To read more about Dunlap and Butler, click here.

Police arrested 17-year-old Macyo January for first-degree murder and Couch for accessory to first-degree murder three days later. January was also scheduled to be in court Wednesday morning, but his preliminary hearing was rescheduled for May.

Investigators say Couch is accused of harboring a fugitive, but that is his only known connection to the shootings.

In court Wednesday, a detective spoke about doing surveillance on Couch's apartment, then following him to 7-Eleven and contacting Couch outside the gas station. Couch denied knowing January's whereabouts when asked, but did admit to knowing him for years. The detective testified that Couch finally said he would tell him what he knew if he didn't have to go to jail.

Other homicide detectives, SWAT members and the lead investigator also took the stand Wednesday.


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