Two found murdered in home

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released the names of a man and woman killed in a home southeast of Castle Rock.

Robert D. Rafferty, 49, and Amara Wells, 39, were found dead in the early morning hours of Feb. 23 when deputies responded to a call for a welfare check at Rafferty’s rural Douglas County home. Rafferty and Wells are related by marriage, and the case is under investigation as a double homicide, said Ron Hanavan, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

The Douglas County coroner’s office conducted autopsies the day after the slaying, releasing the identities of the victims and cause of death. Coroner Lora Thomas reports the two died of sharp-force injuries.

Officers responded to the Rafferty home on the 2400 block of Marlin Way in the Keene Ranch subdivision outside of Castle Rock after a neighbor called 911. Rafferty is listed as the president of the area’s homeowner’s association. Keene Ranch is a development with acreage sites and home prices that range more than $1 million.