3 arrested in case tied to Keenesburg murder-suicide of Shawn Kilker, Keith Kilker

KEENESBURG, Colo. - Deputies have arrested three people in connection with a kidnapping case that led to a murder-suicide in Keenesburg earlier this month.

Denise Kilker went to court on August 1 to obtain a protection order against her husband of 18 years, Shawn Kilker.

Denise said Shawn had kidnapped her on June 28, dragged her across a field, grabbed her by the ears and banged her head on the ground.

"He said he will never let me leave and said he will hurt my kids and other family if I try to leave," Denise Kilker wrote in court records.

On August 3, Weld County Sheriff's investigators went to the Kilkers' home to look for Shawn and to execute an arrest warrant. They didn't find him at that time.

Deputies returned August 4 around 5 p.m. when Shawn, apparently returning from a camping trip with his son and three others, drove up to his home in his black Dodge pickup, said Steve Reams of the Weld County Sheriff's Office.

There was a standoff and the SWAT team was called in. The SWAT team was able to get two males and one female out of the home before Kilker barricaded himself inside with his 14-year-old son, Keith.

Deputies said negotiators were in constant contact with Keith and pleaded for him to leave the home, but he refused.

When the pair stopped communicating, the SWAT team deployed a camera into the home and saw two bodies on the floor.  The SWAT team entered the house at about 1:30 a.m. August 5th and found the father and son dead.

-- Kidnapping case --

Deputies said on the same day as the murder-suicide, they arrested a second man wanted in connection with the kidnapping case.

Christopher Taylor, 29, was arrested on a charge of accessory to kidnapping, a class 4 felony. He is being held at the Weld County Jail with a $50,000 bond.

A second man, Phillip Ramsey, 18, was arrested Tuesday on an accessory to kidnapping charge. He has bonded out of jail.

A third man, Duane Taylor, 33, was arrested Thursday on a charge of accessory to kidnapping. He is currently being held at the Weld County Jail with a $10,000 bond.

Duane and Christopher Taylor are brothers, according to Weld County officials.

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