PUEBLO, Colo. -

A judge denied Harry Mapps attorney's request for an evidentiary hearing to determine how The Pueblo Chieftain obtained Mapps' arrest affidavit.

Mapps, 59, is accused of killing Dawn Roderick and her parents, Kim Tuttle and Reginald Tuttle, on Nov. 27. He's also accused of setting their Rye home on fire.

Last week our partners at The Pueblo Chieftain obtained arrest papers for Mapps that were sealed. They shared those documents with KRDO-TV. According to court documents, Mapps' affidavit was to be sealed until he was apprehended. Mapps was arrested Dec. 28.

On Tuesday public defender David Lipka requested an evidentiary hearing to find out how The Chieftain obtained the affidavit. District Judge William Alexander denied the request but added that Lipka was free to investigate on his own. 

Mapps will be in court again Feb. 18. The judge will decide then whether to unseal the arrest papers.