Wife of triple murder suspect breathing sigh of relief

Wife of triple murder suspect breathing sigh of relief

PUEBLO, Colo. - The wife of a triple murder suspect said she is breathing a sigh of relief now that Harry Mapps is behind bars. Harry Mapps, 59, is accused of killing three people in Rye last month and then trying to cover up the crime by setting the home on fire.

"I don't know what's happened and especially in the last seven months, other than alcohol," said Sandy Mapps, during a phone conversation from her home in Dimmitt, Texas.

Harry Mapps was the target of a nationwide manhunt that ended when U.S. Marshals arrested him at a motel in Roland, Okla. Harry Mapps is accused of killing Kim Tuttle, Reginald Tuttle and their daughter, Dawn Roderick, on Nov. 27. 

"The man I married never would have any done any of this," Sandy Mapps said.

When they separated seven months ago, Harry Mapps moved to Rye to live with the Tuttles. Sandy Mapps said she doesn't know if her husband committed the crimes he's accused of.

"My heart hurts for him," Sandy Mapps said. "My heart hurts for his family."

Investigators said Harry Mapps had an arsenal of weapons with him when he was captured Dec. 28. The Pueblo district attorney is considering the death penalty in the case.

Sandy Mapps said, "If it's proven he did all these things, then what the court decides he deserves is what he deserves." 

She said she hasn't spoken to Harry Mapps in more than a month. She doesn't plan on coming to Pueblo for his trial.

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