Three arrested in killing at Springs hotel

By: Kassondra Cloos
April 5, 2013
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Three men were arrested in the March killing of a Colorado Springs resident, police confirmed Friday.

James Klinger, 36, was found shot to death March 15 in a room at the Clarion Hotel at 314 W. Bijou St.

Police arrested Christopher Ryan Dickerson, 26, from Montrose, and Swayde Monroe Jones, 35, and Michael David Brown, 27, from Delta. All were held on investigation of murder, police said.

Court records show that Jones, Dickerson and Brown have criminal histories that include drug cases and other charges.

Klinger, too, has had multiple drug and theft charges that date back to 1997, court records show.

Police announced the arrests, but wouldn’t say what tied the three to Klinger’s killing.

“He was a good kid all the way up until after high school,” Klinger’s father, Marion Klinger, said. “He grew up and ran with the wrong crowd.”

Marion Klinger said he had fallen out of touch with his son before he was notified of James Klinger’s death.

He said he did not recognize the names of the men being investigated for the killing and did not know what had happened in the Clarion Hotel room.

Police say they are not looking for other people in connection with the death. Police didn’t release photos of the suspects and court records about the arrests were sealed.

So far in 2013, 11 Colorado Springs deaths have been ruled homicides.

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