Pueblo man found guilty of murder after killing ex’s new boyfriend

Posted at 4:00 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 18:00:28-04

A Pueblo man was found guilty of murder Tuesday, after he killed his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend in 2016. 

23-year-old Tyler Eugene Richards was arrested in December 2016, after the body of 21-year-old Bradley Trager was found in eastern Pueblo County. According to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, there was an argument between Richards and Trager, that resulted in his death.

Investigators said Trager was threatened with a gun, handcuffed, hit in the head with a baseball bat, and driven away in a pickup truck. Richards’ ex-girlfriend reported he later came back to the home alone in the same truck. 

Detectives initially tried to have a conversation with Richards, but were unsuccessful. Once the body was found, Richards was taken into custody and faced a number of charges including First Degree Murder. 

Richards was found guilty of First Degree Murder, Second Degree Kidnapping, Second Degree Assault, Felony Menacing with a Deadly Weapon, and two misdemeanor charges Tuesday afternoon. 

His sentence hearing is scheduled Thursday, June 14. 

(Tyler Richards accused of murder and kidnapping in Pueblo Co. (Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office)

(Bradley Trager’s body was found late Tuesday in eastern Pueblo County. (Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office)