Dec 9, 2009 4:25 PM by Bea Karnes

Man found in trash can was murdered; son arrested

The man whose body was found in a trash can Monday morning was murdered, and his son has been arrested on charges of evidence tampering.

The victim was identified as Russell Abeyta, 54. His son, Quinton Abeyta, 32, phoned police and reported finding the body in a large trash can behind his home on Ivy Place.

The coroner's office ruled the death a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma.

Quinton Abeyta remains in the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

This is the 19th homicide in Colorado Springs during 2009.


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