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Ex-Indiana neighbors scared of Cañon City slaying suspect

By: Associated Press
March 11, 2014 Updated: March 11, 2014 at 11:36 am
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photo - This photo provided by Canon City Police shows Jaacob Vanwinkle, who has been charged in connection with the murder of a mother and two children in Canon City, Colo., Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Canon City Police)
This photo provided by Canon City Police shows Jaacob Vanwinkle, who has been charged in connection with the murder of a mother and two children in Canon City, Colo., Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Canon City Police) 

WHITELAND, Ind. — The arrest of a former central Indiana man on charges that he killed a woman and her two young children in Colorado isn't surprising to some of his old neighbors.

Police accuse 31-year-old Jaacob Vanwinkle of the weekend attack in Cañon City. He lived for a time in the Johnson County town of Whiteland after serving prison time for 2004 and 2007 child molestation convictions.

Jeremy Buckler lived across the street from Vanwinkle. He tells WRTV he was scared of Vanwinkle and wouldn't let his daughters play outside alone.

The Daily Journal reports Vanwinkle was sent back to prison on a probation violation in 2011 after police say he hid a man's body under clothing and boxes in the Whiteland house they shared. The man's death was ruled natural.

MORE: Details of man arrested in slayings emerge.

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