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Wife, stepdaughter daughter charged in man's murder

3 arrested in connection to Feb. homicide in Widefield

Widefield Man Believed Murdered by Wife, Stepdaughter

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - A man's wife and stepdaughter are among three people arrested in connection to his killing in Widefield.

Miguel Barajas, 47, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound at a home in the 100 block of Judson Street on Feb. 13.  His stepdaughter, Dawn Richburg, 33, reported to deputies that she returned home to find it had been burglarized.  Richburg lived at the home with Barajas.

The Sheriff's Office said over the past three months investigators gathered enough evidence to arrest Richburg in connection to the killing.  Barajas' wife, Sandra Barajas, 52, and a mutual acquaintance, Tommy Wright, 34, were also arrested early Saturday morning.

"We think that these folks planned or in some way conspired to commit this crime," said Lt. Jeff Kramer of the Sheriff's Office.  "The charges also mean someone offered or was willing to commit the crime, as well."

The Barajas couple lived in the home with Richburg and another adult stepdaughter.  No one answered the door when a KRDO NewsChannel 13 crew knocked.  A sign on the front lawn lists the house as for sale.

Each suspect is charged with first-degree murder, criminal solicitation and criminal conspiracy.  The women are being held without bond in the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center with a court appearance scheduled for Monday.  Wright currently is in the Douglas County Jail on unrelated charges and will be brought to El Paso County at a later date.

Neighbors expressed surprise at the arrest of Barajas, but say they suspected Richburg was involved in the homicide somehow.

"She used to argue and complain about everything," said Christiane Vigil.  "It's great that they finally (arrested) someone.  I'd been wondering.  I knew something was wrong with (Richburg)."

Next-door neighbor Dale Robbins said he's shocked by the arrests, but relieved that an unknown suspect isn't at large.

"It's unsettling," he said.  "But at least no one crazy is running around robbing and shooting everyone.  I kind of had a bad feeling about this whole thing."

The victim was known as being friendly and often helping to repair vehicles in the neighborhood.  Robbins said Barajas mentioned that money had been tight for his family.

Neighbors said the other stepdaughter has two children who were seen leaving the home Saturday morning.  Details on them were unavailable Saturday.

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