Wife, daughter held in February killing of Widefield man

May 18, 2013 Updated: May 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm
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Neighbors of a man found dead from a gunshot wound in his Widefield home in February were stunned when his daughter and wife were arrested Saturday morning.

"Wow," said Butch Grusing, who knew the victim and lives across the street.

"I bought an ATV from him," Grusing said. "We had the same interests. I'd trust him with anything I had."

The body of Miguel Barajas, 47, was found in his home in the 100 block of Judson Street Feb. 13.

El Paso County sheriff's investigators arrested Barajas' daughter, Dawn Richburg, 33; his wife, Sandra Barajas, 52; and 34-year-old Tommy Wright, who was described as an acquaintance of the women.

The three are being held on suspicion of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder, the sheriff's office said.

A "For Sale" sign sits in the front yard of the house where Miguel Barajas' body was found.

Earl Spriggs, a long-time resident of the area, described the neighborhood as usually quiet and peaceful.

"We don't have a lot of problems here," he said.

Authorities learned about the homicide when Richburg called the sheriff's department Feb. 13 a little after 7 p.m. and said she found the door to the house open and suspected the home had been burglarized. She did not enter the house, she said.

Deputies who responded to her call found the body of her father inside the home.

Investigators who have been working on the case since the 911 call caught a break this week, said Jeff Kramer, sheriff's spokesman.

Kramer said detectives worked at a furious pace after evidence led them to three and arrested Richburg and Sandra Barajas early Saturday.

Wright was tracked down in Douglas County, where he was jailed in an unrelated matter.

Investigators "had a never quit attitude," Kramer said.

Few details have emerged about what led deputies to the three. Deputies also wouldn't say Saturday who pulled the trigger.

Work on the case isn't over, Kramer said.

But the arrests earned praise from Sheriff Terry Maketa.

"The arrests in the Barajas homicide are a direct result of the hard work and diligence our investigators have shown," Maketa said in a statement. "Their persistence and detailed police work in this case are a great example of the level of work they do day in and day out."

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