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Gazette Premium Content Pair face accessory charges in 2 Weld County slayings

Associated Press Updated: February 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm
Associated Press Updated: February 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm • Published: February 13, 2014

GREELEY — Two people have been arrested on accessory charges in the slayings of two women in Weld County last week. Deputies said Thursday 41-year-old Rosann O'Donnell and 23-year-old Justin O'Donnell were arrested in connection with the deaths of Alisha Johns and her mother, Sherri Pachello....

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GREELEY — Two people were arrested on accessory charges in the slayings of a Weld County woman and her mother, prosecutors said Thursday.

Authorities didn't release the specific allegations against Rosann O'Donnell, 41, and Justin O'Donnell, 23, or identify any relationship between them.

No phone number could be found for either, and it wasn't known if they had lawyers.

They were arrested in connection with the deaths of Alisha Johns, 36, and Sherri Pachello, 56, whose bodies were found south of Frederick on Feb. 7.

Investigators believe Johns' estranged husband, Cimmeron Johns, killed both women before killing himself. Rosann O'Donnell told The Denver Post last weekend ( that she and Cimmeron Johns were friends and he had told her he killed the two women.

When asked why she didn't tell police, O'Donnell cried and said she did not know, the newspaper reported.

O'Donnell said Cimmeron Johns had been staying with her since late January, when a warrant was issued for his arrest on a domestic-violence charge. She told the newspaper she and Johns didn't have a sexual relationship.

The Weld County Sheriff's Department said Alisha Johns had gone to visit her husband in Frederick on Feb. 6 and her mother had picked her up. Authorities believe Cimmeron Johns kidnapped and killed the two women that night.

Police found Cimmeron Johns in the Denver suburb of Thornton the next day. He shot himself after a long standoff at an apartment complex in Thornton, police said.

Rosann O'Donnell said she lived in the same complex, but that Cimmeron Johns was in another apartment when he died.

Rosann O'Donnell's bail was set at $100,000 at a hearing in Weld County District Court Thursday, the Greeley Tribune reported ( A bond hearing for Justin O'Donnell was scheduled for Friday.

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