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Colorado triple homicide: Sex offender brutally murders mother and her 2 kids

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A shocking Colorado triple homicide has unnerved nearby residents where the brutal murder of a mother and her two young children took place and authorities are describing the scene as being "very horrific." The suspect in the triple homicide case, Jaacob Vanwinkle, 31, was arrested Sunday night and he is being charged with 3 counts of first degree murder, kidnapping and sex assault.

On March 10 CBS affiliate KKTV shared more details on the Colorado triple homicide and according to the report, police discovered the bodies of a mother and her two children when they were dispatched to the family's home after receiving a report of a sexual assault at the residence.

The Colorado triple homicide is still under investigation but initial reports say that Vanwinkle was a friend of the family who allegedly raped the woman's teenage daughter before he committed the murders. The 15-year-old managed to flee and alerted a neighbor of what was going on, who then called police. When police arrived, they found the bodies of the victims; a 5-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and their 35-year-old mother.

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The Associated Press reports that Vanwinkle is a registered sex offender from a 2004 conviction of child molestation and vicarious sexual gratification out of Indiana. He was also arrested and questioned in a homicide case from three years ago, WishTV reports.

Police Chief Paul Schultz spoke briefly with media sources on the Colorado triple homicide case and he sadly expressed:

"This is a very, very tragic event. It's a very, very horrific crime."

News of the Colorado triple homicide shook residents of Canon City and grief counselors were dispatched to area schools for friends and teachers of the children.

The judge denied Vanwinkle bond when he appeared in court Monday and if convicted, he will most likely receive the death penalty.

Updates on the Colorado triple homicide case are forthcoming and they will posted here as they are made available.