MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 30, 2013

Suspect in Colo. killings remains in Sequoyah County jail


Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A fugitive arrested in Oklahoma after a monthlong search awaited his return to Colorado on Monday to face charges of killing three people and setting fire to their house to cover it up.

Harry Carl Mapps waived his right to an extradition hearing before a judge in Sequoyah County, about 700 miles from the southern Colorado town where the crimes occurred.

Sequoyah County officials said they could not disclose when Mapps would be transported. Officials in Pueblo County, Colo., said they did not yet know when it would happen.

Mapps, 59, faces charges of first-degree murder and arson in the shooting deaths of Kim and Reggie Tuttle and their adult daughter, Dawn Roderick. Their bodies were found in the Tuttles’ home in Rye after it was damaged by fire Nov. 27.

Sequoyah County Assistant District Attorney Stacey Slaughter said Mapps did not yet have an attorney.

He was arrested Saturday night at a motel in Roland. A booking photo showed Mapps with a swollen lip and large red patch on his right cheek, but authorities said there had been no struggle during his capture.

The fire at the Tuttles’ house was ruled arson. Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said it was meant to cover up the shootings.

Three days after the fire, deputies said Mapps was their primary suspect. Authorities said he had been living with the Tuttles and was working for a trucking company owned by Reggie Tuttle, 51.

Taylor said money appeared to be the motive for the shootings.