Sexually violent predator now suspected of murdering a Colorado woman

Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 3:58 AM MDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2022 at 4:55 AM MDT
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FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KKTV) - A man was arrested in connection to a woman’s death in southern Colorado.

Fountain Police Department officers responded to the 9000 block of Squirrel Creek Road Monday for a reported overdose and found an adult woman dead on scene. That victim was identified by deputies as 43 year-old Lisa Weidlich.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office detectives determined the death was suspicious. The suspect was identified by deputies as 62-year-old Dennis Hase. He was arrested and booked into the El Paso County Jail on charges of first-degree murder.

11 News obtained the affidavit for Hase. According to the arrest papers, Hase told investigators he punched the victim in the face the night before, put his hand over her mouth and said, “Do you want to die?” The suspect says he continued to argue with the victim throughout the night and slapped her across the face at least six times. At one point, Hase said he put at least one of his hands around her neck and pushed on her. He then pinched her nose, closed it with his hand and covered her mouth. The suspect told investigators he then asked, “Are you going to talk to me now?” and “Is that what you want?” before pushing on her chest.

The pair then went to bed. When the suspect says he woke up at about 3 a.m., he noticed the victim wasn’t moving and she didn’t have a pulse. The suspect called 911 himself at one point on the morning of Aug. 15. The victim was deceased when first responders arrived to the scene.

11 News learned the suspect has a lengthy criminal past, including being convicted of sexual assault on a child.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family of the victim with funeral expenses. Click here to give.

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