National Digest: Nationwide manhunt in triple homicide ends with suspect’s arrest


This photo provided by the Pueblo County, Colo., Sheriff's Department shows Harry Carl Mapps. Authorities say the man suspected of killing three people and setting fire to a home in southern Colorado was captured in Oklahoma after a nationwide manhunt. (AP/AP)
December 29, 2013
COLORADO
Suspect captured in triple slaying

A man suspected of killing three people and setting fire to a home in southern Colorado on Nov. 27 has been captured in Oklahoma after a nationwide manhunt, police said Sunday.

Harry Carl Mapps, 59, was arrested Saturday night at a motel in Roland, Okla., said Kirk Taylor, sheriff of Pueblo County, Colo.

Mapps, who spent more than a month on the run, had been living with the family and working for one of the victims.

Mapps is accused of killing Kim Tuttle, 55; her husband, Reggie Tuttle, 51; and their daughter, Dawn Roderick, 33. Their bodies were found in the Tuttles’ home in the town of Rye.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Trayvon Martin in Nativity scene

A Southern California church Nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about gun violence.

The Nativity scene on the lawn of the Claremont United Methodist Church was created by congregant and artist John Zachary. Martin is shown in a hoodie, slumped over and bleeding. The scene will remain until Jan. 5.

Critics on Facebook called the depiction a sacrilege.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Family keeps hope for brain-dead teen

The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from tonsil surgery was running out of time Sunday to find a new facility to take her in and keep her on a ventilator.

A judge’s ruling will allow Children’s Hospital Oakland to remove 13-year-old Jahi McMath from life support at 5 p.m. Monday unless her family appeals.

The family is pinning its hopes on a New York facility after two California care homes withdrew offers to accept the teenager.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital and an independent pediatric neurologist from Stanford University have concluded that the girl is brain dead. But family members said they consider her still alive.

— Associated Press

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