Alex Christoper Ewing now stands accused of being a notorious killer who murdered a family with a hammer in Aurora, Colorado in the 1980s.
Authorities used DNA to crack the case. The hammer murders were among a series of violent incidents that included the death of a grandmother and the attack on a Nevada couple, in that case with an ax handle.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Alex Ewing Is Accused of Using a Hammer To Kill the Family
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The terrifying murders occurred over a few day period in the 1980s when Ewing is accused of using a hammer to bludgeon a family to death, including a young child.
The Denver Post broke the news that authorities accuse Alex Christopher Ewing of perpetrating the crimes. The killer murdered two parents – Bruce and Debra Bennett – and their 7-year-old, Melissa, and left their other child severely injured. The other victim murdered in the terrifying crime spree was Patricia Louise Smith, 50, a grandmother.
The Denver Post was the first to identify Alex Christopher Ewing as the suspect now accused in the attack, which unfolded in 1984.
2. Ewing Is Already in Prison for Other Violent Crimes
The man authorities now say was the killer was already in prison serving a prison sentence for violent crimes.
He is already incarcerated for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Alex Christopher Ewing was serving time in a Nevada prison, police said.
Ewing, 57, was serving a 40-year prison sentence for those crimes, according to The Denver Post.
3. Police Said They’d Never Forgotten the Colorado Victims’ Families
Despite the longevity of the cases, police said they’d never given up on solving them. “We’ve never forgotten this case. We’ve never forgotten these families,” said Lakewood police chief Daniel McCasky to The Denver Post. “Hopefully, this begins a sense of healing, a sense of peace and sense of justice.”
4. Ewing Is Accused of Beating Another Couple With an Ax Handle
The violence continued with the ax handling bludgeoning of a Nevada couple, although they survived. That attack occurred in 1985 in Henderson, Nevada.
He’s been held at Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, Nevada in connected with that attack. That attack, for which he was serving the prison sentence, came after Ewing escaped from a van …read more