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Girl discloses details of Canon City triple slaying

Associated Press Updated: May 5, 2014 at 11:55 am

CANON CITY — A man charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl and killing her mother, brother and sister in Colorado bound and gagged the victims with socks and packing tape, newly released court documents show.

A 16-year-old girl told police she was able to escape the man after he assaulted her because he passed out after drinking and taking some of her mother's prescription pills, the arrest affidavit states. The girl ran to a neighbor, who called 911.

The document revealing the new details about the March 9 triple slaying in Canon City was released Friday. Jaacob Vanwinkle, 31, a sex offender from Indiana, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault. Vanwinkle was being represented by a public defender, who did not immediately return calls for comment.

The girl told authorities her relatives were tied up in a garage, and officers later found their bodies in a bedroom of the house. She said her mother and Vanwinkle had broken up about two weeks earlier, and he returned to the house, summoned her downstairs, grabbed her from behind and held her at knifepoint, according to the affidavit.

Officers said they found Vanwinkle in a different bedroom. He initially told them he watched TV at the home, left to get some methamphetamine from a friend, and returned to find the bodies but decided not to call police because he was a fugitive, the affidavit says. Authorities were drafting a warrant for his arrest for failing to register as a sex offender at the time of the killings.

Vanwinkle also told police he moved the bodies and hid a knife in a crawlspace, wrapping it in bed sheets, the affidavit states. He acknowledged sexually assaulting the girl but denied the killings, the documents say.

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