Rosann O'Donnell and son charged as accessories in Cimmeron Johns double murder
Update: Wednesday, when we shared shocking details about a double-murder/suicide in which Cimmeron Johns killed his wife and mother-in-law before taking his own life, we speculated about possible charges against Rosann O'Donnell, a friend who knew about the slayings but didn't inform police. Now, O'Donnell is learning about the price of her silence. She's been formally charged with two accessory counts related to the murders -- and (update) so has her son, Justin. Get details and see photos and videos below.
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At approximately 10 p.m. on February 6, as we've reported, Weld County Sheriff's Office deputies received a report about a husband, Cimmeron, chasing his wife, Alisha Johns, and her mother, Sheri Pachello. The women were in a gold colored SUV, while Cimmeron was in a dark-colored car.
The last known location of Pachello was in Frederick, the community where Cimmeron lived. His house, located at 6294 Clayton Street, can be seen in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
A photo of Pachello from her Facebook page.
Law enforcers canvassing the area soon found a crash site, as well as a vehicle that matched the description of the one said to have been following Alisha and her mom: a 1992 Mercedes.
The car wasn't owned by Cimmeron. As noted by the Denver Post, it belonged to O'Donnell, described as a friend of his.
The Mercedes, as seen in a 7News report.
Witnesses had seen the SUV, a 1991 Ford Explorer, and the Mercedes speeding away from Cimmeron's house. Given that the Mercedes had been found in a snowy field, investigators assumed the SUV was under Cimmeron's control.
But the women were nowhere to be found, and that was alarming, given that late last month, Alisha had contacted authorities to reveal that Cimmeron had been abusing her.
The snowy field where Cimmeron is thought to have commandeered the SUV.
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