Posted 10:14 PM 10/24/2011 : Two arrested in Calhan shooting
Two Calhan residents are behind bars facing first degree murder a conspiracy to commit murder charges for what investigators say is a love triangle that turned deadly.
It began with a bizarre shooting Saturday night in Calhan that left 55 year old Robert Miles dead. Originally the call came in to El Paso County deputies as a burglary in which the potential burglar was shot. "The El Paso County Coroner ruled that the death was a homicide. The cause of death was a gunshot wound." explains Sgt. Mike Schaller with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Miles was supposedly that burglar. His friends immediately knew something wasn't right. "I have a bad, bad feeling." said Miles' friend Michael Sandage Sunday morning. Friends told us Miles and 47 year old Traci Adams had been involved in an on again, off again relationship. They say the night of the shooting Traci was begging Robert to come over. Even though he wanted to go see his ex-flame, something didn't feel right. "He was worried that it was a setup because she called him like 20 times saying that she had candles lit and cooked a big dinner and that her boyfriend was gone for three weeks." explains Miles' friend Trent Svitak.
When Robert Miles arrived at the Calhan home of Adams and her boyfriend, 48 year old Mark Manyik, he was shot in the stomach and killed. Both Adams and Manyik said it was a burglary. The story didn't add up to investigators. "As a result of following up on leads, Mr. Manyik and Ms. Adams were requested to come in for interviews today." explains Sgt. Schaller.
Now both are being charged with Miles' murder. And as if he was foretelling his own death, Robert Miles gave his final chilling words to his friends before he left his home Saturday night. "Our landlord Robert Miles told us that if he didn't come home, come look for him at the wagon wheel mailbox." said Sandage. That mailbox was in front of the home where Miles was shot.
In addition to 1st degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder charges, both Adams and Manyik are facing additional charges of aggravated robbery, and tampering with physical evidence charges. They're currently being held without bond at the El Paso County jail.