Two women accused as accessories in the murders of Amara Wells and Robert Rafferty made their first court appearance in the alleged murder-for-hire case.
Krystal Kurcz, 21, and Megan Cassidy, 22, appeared April 22 in Douglas County Court, where county court Judge Susanna Meissner-Cutler approved a prosecution request to protect the addresses of witnesses in the ongoing murder case.
Wells and Rafferty were found brutally murdered Feb. 23 when deputies responded to a call for a welfare check at the Rafferty home on Marlin Way, southwest of Castle Rock. Within days of the discovery, authorities had four men in custody for the murders, including Wells’ husband, Rafferty’s brother-in-law, Christopher Wells.
Christopher Wells faces charges of murder in the first degree and conspiracy to commit murder alongside his co-defendants Josiah Sher, 26, Matthew Plake, 26, and Micah Woody, 29. The four men previously worked together at a Colorado Springs car dealership.
Investigators on April 13 arrested Kurcz and charged her with being an accessory to a crime, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and false reporting to authorities.
The charges as read into court record reflect that investigators believe Kurcz assisted Plake and Sher the night of the murders, with the intent to prevent discovery of the murders. Investigators allege Kurcz knew the crimes had been committed at the time she helped the accused murderers.
Kurcz is also accused of carrying a knife and making a false report to authorities. Amara Wells and Robert Rafferty were beaten, shot and stabbed the night they were murdered.
Kurcz is allegedly Sher’s girlfriend and is reportedly pregnant with his child. When asked about the reported pregnancy, she refused comment.
“I’m not going to say,” Kurcz said.
Cassidy turned herself into authorities two days after Kurcz was arrested. She was charged with being an accessory to a crime and tampering with physical evidence. The women are out on bond and face mandatory protection orders. They are not allowed consume alcohol or drugs, possess a firearm or weapon and cannot have contact with any witnesses or victims in the case.
Cassidy was represented by an attorney and Kurcz appeared without representation. Kurcz has qualified for a public defender but cannot be represented by the Colorado Public Defender’s office. The state public defender’s office is already representing Sher in the murder case and cannot represent Kurcz, Cutler said. Alternative counsel is available through another office, Cutler said.
Kurcz will next appear in court May 13; Cassidy’s next appearance is June 16. The men charged in the murders will next appear in court April 25 for a motions hearing.