Posted: Nov 25, 2011 9:16 PM by John Romero
Updated: Nov 26, 2011 6:29 AM
A 21 year old Colorado Springs man is behind bars tonight, accused of the murder of a 87 year old woman.
It started Wednesday morning when a burned body was found in a vehicle near Lower Gold Camp Road along a dirt road known as Captain Jack's Trail Head. Smoke coming from gold camp road initially sent firefighters to the area. They called police when they realized it was a body on fire.
That victim has been identified as 87-year-old Kathryn Grazioli. She lived in a home on Samuel Point, near Highway 115 and Cheyenne Meadows Road. The day her body was found, investigators searched Grazioli's home. Investigators were seen dusting for fingerprints in the home. Later both police and fire personnel were seen boarding up some of the windows in the back of the home.
It's still not yet clear what actually caused her death. Her body had been badly burned. An autopsy has not yet been completed.
Earlier today, 21 year old Marcus Smith was arrested for Grazioli's murder. Police tell us a tactical unit took him in to custody as he was walking along the street on the 1300 block of Suncrest Way. He was captured less than a mile from Grazioli's home. Smith is now behind bars, facing a charge of 1st degree murder.