Updated: January 23, 2013 at 12:00 am
A Colorado Springs teenager held in the slayings of a decorated Fort Carson soldier and his pregnant wife has been charged as an adult.
Prosecutors on Wednesday filed 23 counts against 17-year-old Macyo January, including first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and theft and aggravated motor vehicle theft.
January was arrested by Colorado Springs police Jan. 14, four days after authorities say Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his wife, Whitney Butler, were fatally shot to death upon surprising a burglar in their home.
Arrest papers have been sealed, and police and prosecutors have yet to provide an account of what they believe happened inside the home, including details about how and where the juvenile obtained a gun.
Dunlap, a helicopter mechanic, had transferred to Fort Carson only weeks before his death, Army officials said.
January was charged Wednesday afternoon during a brief hearing before El Paso County Magistrate Jeffrey O. Saufley.
The remaining charges include sentence enhancers that carry the potential to double penalties against him.
January was held at Spring Creek Youth Services Center in Colorado Springs without bail pending his Jan. 30 return to court, Saufley ordered.
Saufley denied a request by prosecutors to have the teenager transferred to El Paso County jail to be housed with adults, saying they could press their arguments before 4th Judicial District Judge Sandra Grohs, who will preside over the homicide case. Juveniles convicted of murder in Colorado face a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 40 years.
If convicted in both murders, state law dictates that January’s life sentences would run consecutively, meaning he would serve at least 40 years on the first sentence before his other life sentence begins, said El Paso County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Lindsey, the lead prosecutor in the case.