Mar 22, 2011 8:04 AM by Bea Karnes
CASTLE ROCK (AP)-A woman and man killed in what investigators believe was a murder-for-hire were stabbed multiple times and each was shot once.
The Denver Post reports the Douglas County coroner's office says 39-year-old Amara Wells was stabbed five times and shot once in the head. Her brother-in-law, 49-year-old Robert Rafferty Jr., was stabbed three times and shot in the chest.
The coroner's office says it also appears that Rafferty was beaten.
The two were found dead in Rafferty's Douglas County home Feb. 23.
Wells' estranged husband, 38-year-old Christopher Wells, is one of four men charged with murder in the slayings. Investigators believe Rafferty's wife, Tamara, was also an intended target. She was out of town when her husband and sister-in-law were killed.
Tamara Rafferty is the sister of Christopher Wells.