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Teen formally charged after woman found dead in Elizabeth home on Halloween

Posted: 7:46 AM, Nov 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-07 14:46:26Z

ELIZABETH, Colo. — Formal charges have been filed against a 19-year-old who is accused of fatally stabbing a woman in her home on Halloween.

Christopher Sanders Leary was formally charged in Elbert County Tuesday with seven counts:

  • First-degree murder after deliberation
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Assault causing serious bodily injury
  • Four sentence-enhancement charges, ranging from violent crime causing death to violent crime/weapon used

The charges allege that Leary stabbed a 56-year-old woman in her Elizabeth home around 8:45 p.m. on Halloween.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to the woman’s death.