Document: Murder suspect Christopher Perea told dispatchers he believed he'd killed his wife

Domestic incident first reported 6 hours earlier

DENVER - A murder suspect told a 911 dispatcher in Denver that he believed he'd killed his wife during a fight, according to a police document released Wednesday.

Police Chief Robert White has ordered an investigation into the handling of the case that ended with the discovery of Loretta Barella Rosa's body and the arrest of her husband, Christopher Alex Perea.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by 7NEWS Wednesday, Perea's 911 call at came 8:16 a.m. Sunday -- over six hours after a neighbor first called 911 to report possible domestic violence at the couple's home at 1535 S. Carlan Court.

The affidavit said Denver Police Dispatch received the first call about "possible domestic violence" at the home at about 2:00 a.m. "Officers did not make contact with anyone at the residence during their response," the document said.

A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, told 7NEWS on Monday 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, 44, to Denver Health Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The affidavit said Perea, 41, was advised of his rights by officers and declined to talk. He was taken to police headquarters, where a detective observed Perea had cuts on both hands, deeper cuts on his right foot, red marks on his neck and drops of what appeared to be blood on his shirt.

"She was fighting for her life," said Maria Cruz, Barela's daughter. "And there was no one to help her, not even the police, even after they had been called."

Family members said Barela leaves behind five children, including a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old.

Perea is being under investigation for the charge of first-degree murder. He has a nine-page Colorado criminal history report, including arrests for drug trafficking, being a convicted felon in possession of weapons,  domestic violence, vehicle theft, escape, assault and resisting police.

Dalene Mix, spokeswoman for the Denver Manager of Safety, said the 911 dispatcher who took the calls in this case is on a paid investigatory leave. Mix said that is standard during an investigation.

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