Chrisopher Wells: Alleged ringleader in Amara Wells, Bob Rafferty murders hits court (56, 57)

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Update: Christopher Wells, Micah Woody, Josiah Sher and Matthew Plake -- the quartet accused in the murders of Robert "Bob" Rafferty and Amara Wells, Christopher's ex -- made first court appearances yesterday.

Among the charges Wells faces: first-degree murder, criminal solicitation and conspiracy.

Look below to see CBS4's video of the four modeling jail jumpers, followed by our earlier coverage.

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Fox 31
Update, 9:51 a.m. March 2: The story of the double homicide that took the lives of Amara Wells and Robert Rafferty continues to take unexpected twists. Christopher Wells, Amara's ex-husband, has been charged in the killing, even though he was in custody for violating a restraining order when the bodies were discovered. Now, he and three alleged cohorts have been linked to the same Colorado Springs used-car dealership.

As reported by 7News, all four worked at Rocky Mountain Auto Brokers, with the operation's general manager saying two of the accused co-conspirators, Josiah Sher and Micah Woody, showed up at work a couple of days after the slayings looking "rough." He said Sher's face was covered with scratches.

Wells had been fired from his position as a finance manager prior to the killing, according to the report, and a fourth suspect, Matthew Plake, had also gotten the heave-ho from a sales position. This pair, along with Woody and Sher (an Army veteran who racked up a slew of run-ins with the law), were also connected through Facebook friendships. According to the "philosophy" section of Woody's Facebook page, "Being a pacifist between (sic) wars is like being a vegitarian (sic) between meals."

As the investigation continues and the media spotlight continues to shine, the families of Amara Wells and Robert Rafferty have issued a statement through the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. It reads:

The families of Bob and Amara would like to thank all of those who have expressed their sympathy and offered their prayers for their lost loved one's and the family. These two people were a gift to all that knew them. The families want to express their gratitude to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the state agencies and other jurisdictions who worked so diligently to bring quick arrests in this tragic and senseless crime.

The families are not willing or able to give interviews at this time as they wish to cooperate with the sheriff's office in their on-going investigation. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for the families and they ask that the public, and especially the media, respect their privacy and allow them time to grieve and deal with this tragedy. The family and their friends request that the media please cease all unsolicited calls or contact as it is causing distress.

Look below to see photos of the suspects, followed by our previous coverage:

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Christopher Wells.

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Josiah Sher.

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Matthew Plake.

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Micah Woody.

Update, 1:10 p.m. February 28: Christopher Wells may have been in custody at the time the bodies of his ex-wife, Amara Wells, and Robert Rafferty were discovered -- but the Douglas County Sheriff's Office still believes he played a key role in their deaths. Along with Josiah Sher, Matthew Plake and Micah Woody, he's been charged with first-degree murder in the shocking double homicide.

At this writing, no mug shots are available, and all affidavits, arrest warrants and the like are off-limits, too. Presumably, more details will be forthcoming. In the meantime, look below for the information the DCSO has released to date, followed by our previous coverage.

Update:

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Detectives continues to work this case and followed up on promising leads throughout the weekend.

Sheriff David A. Weaver has announced major developments in the case of the double homicide of Amara Wells, 39 and Robert D. Rafferty Jr., 49. This past Saturday and Sunday four suspects were taken into custody and are being held in conjunction with the double homicide.

Christopher Wells (49 YO): No Bond (Married to Amara Wells, but going through a divorce)
18-3-102 (3): Murder in the First Degree F1

Josiah Sher (26 YO): No Bond
18-3-102 (3): Murder in the First Degree F1

Matthew Plake (26 YO): No Bond
18-3-102 (3): Murder in the First Degree F1

Micah Woody (29 YO): No Bond
18-3-102 (3): Murder in the First Degree F1

The other suspects' association to the victims is not being released at this time.

Mug Shots are not available because photo lineups are still being conducted.

The crime scene is still being investigated by our Detectives and Crime Lab and they will probably be there throughout Tuesday.

This is still an open and active investigation and no additional information is being released at this time.

All records and affidavits related to this case have been sealed and are not releasable.

We would still ask the public that if you have any additional information related to this case to please call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office tip line at 303-660-7579

More information may be released later as further developments are made in this case to include a possible press conference later in the week.

Update, 7:04 a.m. February 25: We now know the names of the two people slain in a home on Marlin Way in Keene Ranch: Amara Wells, 39 (seen here), and her brother in law, Robert Rafferty, whose photo is below. Another odd piece of information: Wells's ex-husband, Christopher Wells, was arrested for violating a restraining order on Tuesday of this week. The bodies of his former spouse and Rafferty were found early Wednesday.

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Fox 31
Late yesterday afternoon, members of the press were asked by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office not to reveal the cause of death determined by the Douglas County Coroner's Office -- info that was included in a release that named the victims.

Since then, however, news outlets such as the Denver Post have confirmed that the pair were stabbed to death.

Christopher Wells's presence in jail certainly suggests that he couldn't have committed the slayings himself, but no one's been ordered out from underneath the proverbial umbrella of suspicion.

Page down to check out our earlier coverage of this tragic and mysterious case.

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9News
Update, 6:11 p.m. February 23: What originally looked like a murder-suicide at a home on the 2400 block of Marlin Way in Keene Ranch may in fact be something quite different. Despite earlier reports that no third party was being sought, a Douglas County Sheriff's Office release now states that the case is being investigated as a double homicide -- albeit one in which no suspect information is currently being made available.

Here's the aforementioned release, followed by our earlier coverage:

Douglas County Sheriff's Office is Conducting a Death Investigation S. of Castle Rock

On 02/23/2011 at about 3:00 a.m., Douglas County Deputies responded to the 2400 block of Marlin Way in reference to a welfare check.

Douglas County Regional Dispatch center received a 911 call at approximately 3:00 a.m. Deputies arrived on scene and found two adult parties deceased in the residence.

Deputies set up a perimeter and Douglas County Sheriff's Office Detectives were called to the scene along with our crime lab.

At this time, crime scene investigators are processing the crime scene. When they are finished the Douglas County Coroner's Office will take possession of the bodies and will work to determine positive identification as well as cause of death.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is investigating this as a double homicide and this is an open and active investigation.

No suspect information is available at this time and we do not have a suspect in custody.

If you have any additional information please call 303-660-7579

More information may be released later as it becomes available.

Original item, 11:48 a.m.: When two bodies are found and authorities say they're not seeking other suspects, the deadly math typically equates to a murder-suicide scenario. But that's only speculation at this point in the investigation on the 2400 block of Marlin Way in Keene Ranch.

Thus far, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office hasn't released names or more than the barest details.

Sergeant Ron Hanavan, spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, says personnel are not at a point where they feel comfortable revealing what he refers to as "the relationship of the individuals to the house." However, he does confirm that a "multiple homicide investigation" is underway. It's an active and ongoing investigation, and we're conducting interviews as well as completing follow-through with any and all leads." He encourages anyone with additional information to contact the sheriff's office at 303-660-7500.

Below, find an earlier report from 9News, offered at a time when DougCo officials were still only confirming that a death investigation had gotten underway following a welfare check after 3 a.m. this morning. That's followed by an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Art Medina drowned Maria Duron, then hanged himself in murder-suicide, coroner reports (49)."


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Yourname
Yourname

any updates as to what is going on with this case?  haven't heard anything in several months.....

Busn
Busn

My heart go out to the Rafferty family.As for the the others i think they will have alot of time to think about what they have done to a little girl when they left her mommy dead for that baby to find and some people have the nerve to say they fell sorry for the ones who did this you are as sick mined as they are.God says we have to pray for them but this one is hard.I will pray that god takes a hard look at them.Its hard to fight the devil and these men are his workers.I hope the mothers that have children by theses men please keep then away from these fathers if thats what you call them.They have no love for no one not even themselfs.They didn't think about there kids when they were sticking a knife into someone body only 5000 come on they are sick sick men all 4 of them they are devils.You just don't murder two people.There men are mental NUTS that needs to be put in a room full of mothers and good fathers and see how big and bad they are .My hearts also goes out to the family of Anara .I hope that 5000 was worth it to see a little girl with no mommy and a women and two children without there dad. I hope you all of then live a long life behind bars.Jail isn't a good place to be many thing happen to ones that think they are so bad. God be with you Mrs Rafferty and your family My prayers are with you always and if i could be of any help i would and i know many familys fell the same way.God Bless.

Out1end
Out1end

I personally knew Micah and Chris personally, I am shocked and awed they could be apart of such a thing. I also know the staff at RMAB too..Micah was definitely a shady sales person and person as a whole...However I didnt know why he would throw his life away for 5000 dollars and take two others with him and take an 8 year olds Mother away from her..Idiots.

And Rocky Mtn Auto Brokers is a quality business with great staff with the exception of these people.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for sharing your experiences and point of view, Out1end.

Guest
Guest

how dare you preach about what nice guys they are, they participated in a horrible violent act towards people they don't know. Something obviously lead the police to them so it's not too far of a reach to think they might be guilty of something so horrible now is it. I too feel sorry for their families, imagine realizing you were friends with, lived with, or had babies with these monsters, it must be devastating, but these guys made a choice to get involved, a choice to commit a brutal act against someone, possibly in front of a little girl, so come on, tell us again how good you think they are...I wonder if your friendJosiah, the one they are saying was the main killer was thinking of his little twin girls when he was stabbing Ms Wells, save your prayers and love for someone who deserves it, they aren't the men you thought they were and it's just a matter of time before it all comes out and they are "proven guilty"

mcarrillo
mcarrillo

i personally know josiah and matt and have known them for over 11 years and can't see the doing somethin so horrible as taking lives. and how dare any of you judge someone calling anyone trailor trash or sayin they are metally instable. you didnt know them and even if they are being charged they are by LAW INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.... my thoughts and prayers do go out to the families of the victims and no family should lose a loved one in such a horrid manner. but my thoughts and prayers also go out to the families and friends of the suspects, josiah and matt especially. i do love and care about matt and josiah.... thoughts and prayers for all families involved....and to the rest of you judgemental creeps, think before you post your opinions, what you say has an affect on who is reading them....

Yourname
Yourname

i have known them for many years as well....maybe you haven't been around them in the last few yews, but they are SO capable of this...and of course the crack, meth, and coke habits don't help. last i heard they were selling the stuff and snorting their profits.

Guest
Guest

how dare you preach about what nice guys they are, they participated in a horrible violent act towards people they don't know. Something obviously lead the police to them so it's not too far of a reach to think they might be guilty of something so horrible now is it. I too feel sorry for their families, imagine realizing you were friends with, lived with, or had babies with these monsters, it must be devastating, but these guys made a choice to get involved, a choice to commit a brutal act against someone, possibly in front of a little girl, so come on, tell us again how good you think they are...I wonder if your friendJosiah, the one they are saying was the main killer was thinking of his little twin girls when he was stabbing Ms Wells, save your prayers and love for someone who deserves it, they aren't the men you thought they were and it's just a matter of time before it all comes out and they are "proven guilty

Secretgarden
Secretgarden

He probably wasnt, but as family and friends we have the right to say that we are shocked and that this is not something that any of us thought that he would be capable of. Of course we are all devistated, not only did he take the lives of 2 inocent people and create victims on that side, but he does have 3 children of his own, as well as the rest of his family that is all in shock and ruined. None of us beleived he could have done such a horrible act.

The Devil
The Devil

hEY MCARRILLO......What these 4 IN COLD BLOOD murderers did "has an effect on" on everybody who ever knew the Rafferty's. Mark my words - "Each and every one of themwill have some sore assholes in 2 years from now, as they are abused in Prison for the rest of their lives...And guess what else? These white trash, crack head losers deserve NOTHING ever again!!! Though everybody who has read these articles would prefer LETHAL INJECTION for them, unfortunately more white trash lawyers get them life behind bars.....were you involved with these mentally unstable punks?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Please don't say things like this - as someone above stated, what you say has an affect on who is reading them....everyone that knows any of the victims and/or suspects is hurting.

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Everyone involved are devastated including the "accused"'s families.. being a friend of Josiah's ex.. I can personally say i've seen how its affecting them. Her & Josiah have 3 week old twin girls ... not to mention all the other kids involved.,

TS
TS

Okay this is ridiculous. I dont know who you are, or why my name is being brought up in this blog. I have nothing to do with this case or what has gone on. If you have a problem with me , thats fine.. But id appreciate you not smearing my name all over the internet, unless you have proof. Lets be adults about this. Im not a victim, nor do I have a reason to act like one. The only people, I feel sympathy for are the victims & their families. Im truly sorry for their loss.

No longer a friend...
No longer a friend...

I didn't say he wasn't a monster... I was never friends with him, I WAS friends with her.  And she used him up, just like her last 15 ex's, and just like she will use up her current means of support.  I feel for ALL of her kids and for Josiahs othr kids. I stopped being friends with her when she continued to use him and then posted a bunch of pics of her and him and the girls, like it was a show, then pretended to be shocked by this whole situation, when she recieved money from him days before this happened. How dare she act like she is the victim here, the people he killed were the victims.  Their families are the victims. Her and her children are not. As someone who knows her VERY well. She uses her job to meet men. Period. Her children don't even live with her on a regular basis.  She uses her friends and family for that as well.  Maybe you don't have the facts right.  It's a shame he did this and that people who are not involved continue to act like the victims.

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A means of support? Maybe you dont know her.. He never gave her any money.. Even when they were together. She works hard to take care of her kids by herself. They never go without. She is a great mom, hes a piece of shit who cared about no one but himself. Those poor people didnt deserve what happened to them.. & neither did she. Hes a monster. End of story!

No longer a friend...
No longer a friend...

 as someone who knows some of the people involved, including the mother of the twins none of those kids are being taken care of! His, her others, or their twins.  He was a means of support to her, and now he is in prison and that is his own fault.  and the girls will get raised by somone else, for sure and call him daddy.  neither of them care about who is their father, as long as the money is rolling in. 

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NOT HIS? Then how do you explain pictures of josiah , her & the twin girls in the hospital just 2 days after they were born? & also his family acknowledging them, fling marriage... she left him because she didnt feel safe, and she was not able to help him with his "mental" situation, yet they saw & had a relationship all through her pregnancy with their daughters.. He led her to believe he was getting help & he was better... to make things right between them ...you apparently were misinformed.

Secretgarden
Secretgarden

They are not his kids, it was a fling marriage. He has 3 wonderful children of his own.

Ekos
Ekos

Don't forget that Amara's daughter (who was the light of her mother's life) is now an orphan and Bob's two children who will no longer have their loving father.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for sharing this info, and your viewpoint. Much appreciated.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Much appreciated.

A friend
A friend

This a senseless murder. These are sick sick individuals!! I hope they get the death penalty, although that is too good for this trash!!!

Lisa
Lisa

Rocky Mountain Auto Brokers is a terrible place. The owner's son, who works there, was released from prison a couple of years ago. He has access to all of the customer's personal information. It just blows my mind.

Guest
Guest

It seems to be pretty easy to get a job at Rocky Mtn. Auto Brokers: trailor trash education, mental instability and a crank habit!

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