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82-year-old Husband Brutally Killed Wife and Daughter and Dumped Chopped Body Parts in Bin; Convicted in Colorado: Prosecutors Reveal

82-year-old Husband Brutally Killed Wife and Daughter and Dumped Chopped Body Parts in Bin; Convicted in Colorado: Prosecutors Reveal

An 82-year-old man from Englewood has been found guilty on all charges after being accused of killing and dismembering his wife and daughter in March 2023.

An 82-year-old man named Reginald Maclaren has been charged with five counts related to the deaths of his wife, Bethany Maclaren, who was 70 years old, and his daughter, Ruth Jennifer Maclaren, who was 35.

He was found guilty on all charges by the jury. At approximately 6 p.m. on March 25, 2023, Reginald Maclaren, who was 81 years old at the time, contacted 911 to report the unfortunate discovery of his deceased wife and daughter in their apartment on the 900 block of Englewood Parkway.

Upon arrival, authorities discovered two lifeless bodies concealed within garbage bins. The man informed them that he suspected foul play, suggesting that the victims had met their demise at the hands of an individual wielding a hammer. Englewood police have concluded that both victims were killed with an axe during the investigation. Reginald Maclaren has been apprehended.

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According to an arrest affidavit, he revealed during an interview with the police that his intention was to harm them in order to prevent his family from becoming homeless. According to the document, Reginald MacLaren informed the police that he does not feel remorse for the tragic incident involving his family, as he believes they are now in a better place.

The individual in question was charged on April 3, 2023 and entered a plea of not guilty on Jan. 23, 2024.

The trial began on June 21st.

In their closing arguments on Friday morning, the prosecution asserted that Reginald Maclaren had a clear understanding of his actions when he took the lives of his wife and daughter. They explained his plan to gather the materials over the course of several days. The prosecution alleged that he attempted to hide the bodies and destroy their identification cards, indicating his awareness of the potential murder charge he could face if apprehended.

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Following the closing statements, the judge informed the jury that it was now time for them to commence their deliberations in order to reach a verdict on the five charges against Reginald Maclaren.

The defense contended that the defendant’s mental state during the alleged crimes is just as crucial to this case as the crimes themselves. Several testimonies were presented regarding his mental state, with witnesses describing him as extremely upset, irrational, unable to communicate clearly, and lacking clear thinking during the time of the deaths.

The defense argued that Reginald Maclaren firmly believed that his family was facing significant financial difficulties, despite having insurance, a steady income, and being current on their bills. They claimed that his unwavering faith in this belief influenced his actions.

Shortly after, the jury declared that they had come to a unanimous decision. The judge announced the verdict, finding Reginald Maclaren guilty on all charges.

The sentencing is set for July 10 at 9 a.m. as reported by Denver7 News.

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