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Homicide suspect calls police and admits to killing wife

Deputies located victim's body in a parked vehicle at the jail
Colorado Springs Police Department CSPD
Posted at 3:08 PM, Jun 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-02 14:09:26-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — A 52-year-old man turned himself in to the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on June 24 for killing his wife.

At approximately 1:13 p.m. on June 24, the Colorado Springs Police Department's Communication Center was notified by the El Paso County Communications Center for a possible homicide victim in a vehicle at the Jail.

According to El Paso County Sheriff's Office Deputies, 52-year-old David Mitchell of Colorado Springs turned himself in for killing his wife.

Deputies then located a woman who was dead inside of a vehicle in the parking lot.

Through the investigation, detectives discovered the death happened in unincorporated El Paso County. Probable cause was obtained to arrest Mitchel for First Degree Murder.

Mitchell was booked into the El Paso County Jail on June 24.

The El Paso County Coroner's Office identified the woman as 44-year-old Melody Horton of El Paso County.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Anyone with information or who is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.
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