Crime

Oct 25, 2012 5:46 PM by Andy Koen

Jailed husband told cops his wife committed suicide

COLORADO SPRINGS - Detectives with the Colorado Springs Police Department believe a Fort Carson Soldier was shot and killed by her husband at their apartment on Chestnut Street late Monday night. Louis Mamo, 26, is charged with 2nd Degree Murder and is being held at the El Paso Criminal Justice Center on $50,000 bond.

He's accused of shooting his wife Karen in the head during an argument sometime around 11:30 p.m.

According to court documents, the police were called to the home at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday morning to a reported suicide. Mamo told detectives he had left the apartment after the argument and found her body when he returned home the next morning.

The detectives became suspicious after looking over the crime scene. For example, she had been shot on the left side of the head, but family members told detectives that she was right handed.

A neighbor also reported waking up at 11:26 a.m. and hearing the argument. She then heard a loud bang followed by a man's voice repeating "Oh my God."

A roommate who was home at the time of the shooting told detectives that Mamo had confessed to him. The roommate explained that he had encouraged Mamo to call the police but he didn't want to. They left the apartment for a while and agreed to go back and tell the police it was a suicide.

Neighbors tell News 5 the couple had two young boys. Karen's parents are said to be coming from her home town of Satsuma, Florida to come care for the children an prepare funeral arrangements.

According to service records at Fort Carson, Specialist Karen Mamo was a financial management technician and Iraq War veteran. She had been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

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