Second suspect arrested after Colorado Springs couple slain

Teen to be charged as an adult

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A second person is facing prosecution in the slayings of a Fort Carson soldier and his wife in Colorado Springs.

Police have previously said a 17-year-old boy was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the deaths of David Dunlap and his wife, Whitney Butler. Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Lindsey said at a court hearing Friday that the teen would be charged as an adult.

Butler was pregnant with the couple's first child when she was killed.

The Gazette reports 19-year-old Jerel Couch also was arrested Thursday on suspicion of being an accessory to first-degree murder and of harboring a fugitive.

Police have said Dunlap, of Moorpark, Calif., and his wife were shot and killed Monday when they surprised a burglar in their home.   A sign outside the home indicated the couple had a security alarm service.  It has not been revealed why there was no alarm when the house was broken into.

Dunlap arrived at Fort Carson in Colorado in November.

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