EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV/The Gazette) - UPDATE 01/11/19:
Prosecutors dropped all charges against a man accused of shooting his own wife.
The dismissal came at a 4th Judicial District Court hearing lasting less than 10 minutes on Friday for Thomas Jackson.
In a written statement, the District Attorney's Office said "evidentiary and forensic developments" led to the move. No other details were provided.
Jackson is expected to be released from El Paso County jail today, more than three months after his arrest.
However, the case remains under investigation by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Arrest papers released Thursday give more information about the arrest of a husband accused of shooting his wife inside their home near Falcon.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said records show deputies responded to Thomas and Courtney Jackson’s home three times in the month leading up to the deadly shooting on Oct. 9.
Two of the calls were check welfare calls, and one was for domestic violence in progress. According to the reports, both Thomas and Courtney Jackson reported the other assaulted them. Deputies never had enough evidence to arrest either person.
“With no physical evidence to corroborate either person’s story, how do you know where it started? If it started? If it’s true?” said Jacqueline Kirby, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office media relations manager.
Reports show deputies responded to the couple’s home the day before the deadly shooting. According to the documents, Thomas Jackson reported his wife was suicidal. When deputies arrived, Courtney Jackson said she was not. Deputies advised the couple to physically separate. They told deputies they were in the middle of a divorce and had been arguing.
Deputies responded to the home again the next day; this time for a shooting. According to arrest papers, Thomas Jackson claimed his wife shot herself while he was on the phone with 911 dispatchers. Court documents stated no gunshots were heard on the recording. Investigators also noted Courtney Jackson was shot twice, and the coroner said both of the gunshots could have killed her.
Jackson is facing a first-degree murder charge. He’s scheduled to be in court for the first time on Oct. 23.
UPDATE 10/11/18 8:15 a.m.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday a man has been arrested in a suspicious death turned homicide investigation.
The victim was publicly identified as 42-year-old Courtney Jackson on Thursday. Courtney was the wife of the suspect.
On Tuesday night, deputies arrested Thomas Jackson, according to a release from the Sheriff's Office. He was booked into the Criminal Justice Center on the charge of first-degree murder. He is being held without bond.
Neighbors said they were shocked to see police activity in the area.
"It's kind of crazy," Ryan Blackburn said. "It's right down the street. You never think that's going to happen nearby you."
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said law enforcement has been called to the home before but would not specify when or why.
Officials said they would not release whether Jackson knew the victim until the coroner identifies her.
ORIGINAL STORY 10/9/18 3:58 p.m.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death. Around 7 a.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to the 10400 block of Mount Wilson Place near Falcon and Peyton for a shooting. When they got there, they found a woman dead inside the home.
The identity of the victim has not been released.