Denver man found guilty in wife's 2012 murder

Christopher Perea killed Loretta Barela

DENVER - A man accused in the murder of his wife in November 2012 has been found guilty by a Denver jury.

Christopher Perea, 45, was found guilty Friday of first-degree felony murder, second-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping in the death of his wife, 44-year-old Loretta Barela.

On Nov 18, 2012, Denver police and paramedics responded to the 1500 block of South Carlan Court where the body of the victim was found.  The original police response -- hours earlier -- was investigated by Denver Police.

A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, told 7NEWS in 2012, that she called police at 2 a.m. and again at 2:40 a.m. after the woman ran to her door for help. The neighbor said the woman's husband had dragged her back across the street into their home.

The neighbor said she didn't see an officer respond to the home until 3:10 a.m. The neighbor said she only saw the officer shine a flashlight into the victim's home and leave.

A police incident log stated that police believe Barela was killed between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. Sunday.

At 8:16 a.m., Perea allegedly called 911 and "said he thinks he killed his wife during a fight last night."

"The call taker instructed the male caller to start CPR, and he tells the call taker that the body is cold and her jaw stiff," the document said.

An ambulance was sent to the home and took Barela  to Denver Health Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

No date for sentencing has been set yet, as Perea is scheduled to go to trial next month on an habitual  criminal charge.

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