COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - One of the DA's most wanted in Colorado Springs had his formal advisement hearing Tuesday. In the hearing, Richard Spanks heard the charges against him and was advised of his rights during a video hearing.
Spanks is back in El Paso County after he fled to Arizona following a triple homicide in Colorado Springs.
"I was hoping they'd find him and they did," said Charlene Griffin, a neighbor.
Police say Spanks and Haywood Miller are responsible for two separate cases. In the first, on Nov. 26 at an apartment complex on Carmel Drive, police say Spanks shot and killed 21-year-old Marcus Williams.
The second case was three days later on Nov. 29. Two women were found dead inside their home off Mosswood Lane.
"I remember that and I was home and I think it was a terrible act for him to go in and kill those two ladies," Griffin said.
Jacqueline Cline, 33, and 23-year-old Victoria Loftis died of gunshot wounds.
"One of them was still breathing and he went back and finished her up and shot her again and killed her," Griffin said.
Court papers confirm that a witness heard 10 gunshots.
Neighbors say they were relived Spanks has been caught.
"It puts me at ease. I'm sure it puts everyone else around the neighborhood at ease as well," said Tyler Pinkston, another neighbor.
Pinkston said he didn't know the victims but the news came as a shock.
"I'd never seen anything happen two houses down from me but that's life and it happens like that unfortunately," he said.
Spanks has a lengthy criminal history including menacing with a weapon, drug possession, and now, first-degree murder charges.
Spanks is being held without bond. He's back in court on Jan. 23.