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May 18, 2013 2:52 PM by Jacqui Heinrich, jheinrich@koaa.com

Three arrested in Widefield murder case

Three people have been arrested in connection to the murder of 47-year-old Miguel Barajas of Widefield, including the victim's wife and daughter. Barajas was found dead in his home on February 13, 2013, after his daughter called 9-11 to report she had arrived at the house in the 100 block of Judson Street only to find it burglarized. Mr. Barajas had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

Barajas' daughter, 33-year-old Dawn Richberg, and his wife, 52-year-old Sandra Barajas were arrested Saturday morning along with a mutual acquaintance of the women, 34-year-old Tommy Wright. El Paso County Sheriff's Deputies say a three month investigation produced enough evidence to charge each of the suspects with first degree murder, criminal solitication, and criminal conspiracy.

Although arrests have been made, this case remains active and many aspects of the case cannot be shared; arrest affidavits have been sealed.
Each suspect has been charged and held without bond.

Sandra Barajas and Dawn Richburg are being held at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. Tommy Wright was in custody in Douglas County on unrelated charges and will transfer to the Criminal Justice Center on a date yet to be determined.

Of the arrests, Sheriff Maketa commented, "The arrests in the Barajas homicide are a direct result of the hard work and diligence our investigators have shown. Their persistence and detailed police work in this case are a great example of the level of work they do day in and day out."

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