Police have charged a former soldier on with murder Nov. 24 over the deaths of a husband and wife at their home in southwest England while their children slept upstairs.
Avon and Somerset Police announced that they charged 34-year-old Collin Reeves with the murders of his neighbors Stephen and Jennifer Chapple, aged 36 and 33 respectively.
Reeves, a former commando Royal Engineer, remains in police custody and is due to appear at Taunton Magistrates’ Court on Nov. 25 morning.
The couple were pronounced dead at their home in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren at about 9:45 p.m. local time on Nov. 21.
Post-mortem examinations found that the couple died of multiple stab wounds.
The couple were formally identified earlier on Nov. 24.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the couple’s children, aged five and six, still asleep. The children are now being looked after by family members.
Detective Inspector Neil Meade said that specialist officers are providing support to the couple’s families.
“It is undoubtedly an extremely difficult time for them and I’d ask their privacy is respected as they continue to come to terms with what has happened,” Meade said, adding that criminal proceedings are now active.
Police also released a 67-year-old man who was arrested on Nov. 21 on suspicion of murder, but he remains under investigation.
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