El Paso County Crime

Man convicted in 2009 murder of Colorado Springs native

SAGUACHE COUNTY, Co. - A Saguache County man was convicted Thursday for the murder of Mike Rust, finally ending a case that began back in March of 2009.

Charles Moises Gonzales was found guilty of six criminal counts, including murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.

According to Saguache County Deputy Wayne Clark, the last person to hear from Rust before he disappeared was his ex-girlfriend.

He called her and told her he was chasing two men whom he suspected of breaking into his home.

Rust was a native of Colorado Springs, and both a pioneer and competition in the sport of mountain biking.

Among other honors related to his contributions, he is a member of the Marin Museum of Bicycling Hall of Fame.

Clark says in February of 2016, an informant came forward with information that lead them to the Gonzales family.

It was the son of Charles Gonzales who confessed that his father had something to do with the murder, and shortly that, CBI agents and Saguache County deputies found the remains of Rust buried in a pigpen on the property of the father of Gonzales.

Rust had suffered blunt force trauma to the back of his head, and was also shot, according to Clark who was among the deputies who found the victim that day.

Gonzales tried to claim that the killing was in self defense.

Following the guilty verdict, Gonzales was sentenced to life in prison.


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