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Love triangle details emerge in homicide

By: matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com
June 28, 2013 Updated: June 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm
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Details surrounding the death of a man whose body was found dumped in a field in southeastern Colorado Springs paint the picture of a long-running love triangle.

Otto Joseph Pobanz III, 26, was arrested Thursday night in connection with the shooting death of 26-year-old William Walsh. Walsh's body was found Monday afternoon behind a Walgreens store near South Chelton Road and South Academy Boulevard.

Pobanz, Walsh and the Walsh's former wife Samantha Walsh, also 26, all attended Wasson High School in the early 2000s, according to each of their facebook.com profiles.

Samantha Walsh obtained a restraining order against Pobanz on June 11, citing "domestic abuse." In the complaint filed in 4th Judicial District Court, she stated that she and Pobanz "went to high school together and been together off and on since then."

Samantha Walsh described a June 7 incident in which Pobanz was in her home, "yelling at me" and stating "how terrible a person I am for leaving him."

She asked Pobanz to leave several times because she felt "uncomfortable," the court document said. But according to Samantha Walsh, Pobanz wouldn't leave. Instead he apparently followed her to work and was "tapping his knife" on her car window and threatened her life, as well as that of her 1-year-old son and "my son's father's life."

Her son's father was William Walsh, the homicide victim found Monday.

The complaint went on to say that "on numerous occasions" Pobanz refused to leave Samanatha Walsh's home and made threatening and harassing phone calls. She also accused him of stalking her.

Pobanz was arrested for this type of violent behavior before.

Court documents show that he was arrested in May 2005 for assault with a deadly weapon. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to five years in prison. He served a little more than 200 days before his release.

Pobanz also pleaded guilty to stalking and threatening a person in February 2011. He did community service and served probation for the misdemeanor charges.

Divorce papers for the Walshes were filed in El Paso County in 2010. The case was vacated and dismissed, court records said.

Pobanz is being held in the El Paso County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

A 16-year-old boy was also arrested Thursday in connection with William Walsh's death. He also faces charges of first-degree murder. No other information has been released about the boy because he is a minor.

The El Paso County Coroner's Office ruled Walsh's death a homicide earlier in the week. It is the 16th homicide in Colorado Springs in 2013.

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