Art Medina drowned Maria Duron, then hanged himself in murder-suicide, coroner reports (49)
Update: As noted in our original item about the death of Maria Duron and Art Medina, on view below, all signs pointed to a murder-suicide in the case -- and that proved to be the case, according to the Arapahoe County coroner. But the details are still shocking.
The coroner found that Medina drowned Duron before he hanged himself.
As reported by the Aurora Sentinel, Medina had a substantial rap sheet, including two domestic-violence-related arrests:
According to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records, Medina had been arrested eight times in Colorado since 2002. Most of the arrests were for traffic offenses and failing to appear in court. In January 2008, police in Adams County arrested him on a third degree assault charge that police said was domestic violence.
He was again arrested on a domestic violence charge in Lakewood later that year and charged with felony second-degree assault. In that case, the felony charge was dropped and he was found guilty of a misdemeanor. A judge later sentenced him to probation and gave him credit for two days served in jail, according to CBI.
Medina's official cause of death as "asphyxia due to hanging."
Look below for our earlier item:
Original item, January 17, 8:36 a.m.: Whenever police report that no additional suspects are being sought in a case involving two dead bodies, murder-suicide becomes the likeliest possibility. That's the situation in the death of a couple reported to be Aurora's Maria Duron and Art Medina. They had two sets of twins who are safe with family members, although the kids' lives have just been disrupted in the most brutal way imaginable.
Look below to read the information released to date by the Aurora Police Department, as well as an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
Aurora Police Department release, January 15:
Welfare Check Leads to Discovery of Deceased Couple
Aurora, Colo. -- Aurora Police are investigating the circumstances that led to a tragic discovery early this morning in the 2500 block of S. Killarney Court.
Shortly before 5 a.m. this morning, patrol officers responded to a home on a welfare check. Once inside, officers discovered two deceased adults. Officers secured the scene and requested assistance from investigators.
Major Crimes Unit (MCU) detectives and personnel with the Crime Scene Investigation Unit (CSI) responded to the home and are in the process of conducting an investigation. Detectives believe the deceased man and deceased woman were married by common law. Detectives are in the process of requesting a search warrant. Once a search warrant is obtained detectives will return to the home.
The couple's children, who are not being identified by Police, are safe and in the custody of family members. The Police Department Victim Services Unit is providing support to the family members affected by this tragedy.
Police are not releasing the names of the deceased individuals at this time.
Detectives are not actively looking for any suspects.
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