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Kenneth Lankford, ex-member of Most Wanted List, busted for double murder

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Kenneth Lankford, 46, was once the fourth most wanted man in the state of Utah, evading capture by disappearing into the woods.

This weekend, authorities believe he was back in a forest -- the Black Forest, near Colorado Springs -- when he shot and killed two people, including his wife, and injured a third. But he ventured out and was captured, following a chase in a car and on foot. Photos, video and the details made public thus far below.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Lankford's criminal history began in 1990 and includes assault, drug possession and forgery.

He made headlines back in 2005, when he was being sought for violating parole shortly after serving time for aggravated assault. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, he "fled into woods near the Moab sloughs along the Colorado River after a sheriff's deputy spotted him." Before an arrest could be made, however, Lankford, "drove off-road through an alfalfa field, then fled on foot when his car became bogged down in mud," the Tribune reported. Hence, his appearance on Utah's Most Wanted List.

By 2013, Lankford was free again and living with his wife, Terry, in a home on the 6600 block of Burrows Road -- so remote an area that Google Maps has not yet captured images of it for posterity. The area seen below is at the entrance to the road, around half-a-mile away; if you have problems seeing it, click "View Larger Map."


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Near the Burrows Road address and similarly off Google Maps' radar was the home of Carol and Thomas Fowler; they lived on the 11000 block of Timber Lane Court. And that's where members of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office were called at around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, November 9.

The report, according to the EPCSO: "Multiple gun shot victims and multiple crime scenes.

Carol was found dead at the Timber Lane home, while Thomas had been shot but was still alive. He was transported to a local hospital, where, at last report, he was in stable condition.

Meanwhile, investigators located Terry's body at the house on Burrows Road. She, too, had been shot to death.

At that point, an alert was sent out to find Kenneth, and at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, deputies did so. When they tried to stop a vehicle he was driving, he rabbited, then ditched the car and continued on foot, much as he had in Utah. This time, however, he wasn't able to get away. He was taken into custody at around 7:15 a.m. near Hodgen Road east of Highway 83, the EPCSO notes.

At this point, Lankford is being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder times two, attempted second degree murder and first-degree assault.

Look below to see a larger version of Lankford's latest booking photo, in which he looks considerably worse for the wear, and a 9News report about the latest developments.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa March 2013: "Photos: FBI's updated Ten Most Wanted list -- and the Colorado crime on it."

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