Alleged Hammer Killer appears in Jefferson County court as victim’s family watches

Alex Christopher Ewing stands to be taken out of court after his appearance before Jefferson County District Court Judge Tamara Russell for an advisement in Golden on March 10, 2020. Ewing has been extradited and returned to Colorado to face charges for four murders committed in 1984. A man suspected of using a hammer to bludgeon four people to death in Colorado was advised Tuesday of the charges he faces more than three decades after the alleged crimes.

Alexander Christopher Ewing, also known as the Hammer Killer, appeared in Jefferson County District Court where he was read the six felony charges he faces there, including four counts of first-degree murder in connection to the killing of 50-year-old Patricia Smith. Ewing is also facing murder charges in Arapahoe County District Court in connection with the deaths of 27-year-old Bruce Bennett, his wife, 26-year-old Debra Bennet and their daughter, Melissa, 7.

Ewing appeared in a red jail uniform, with his hands shackled. A small man starting to bald, Ewing spoke only briefly in single-word answers to questions from the judge.

Smith’s family members sat in the front row and wiped away tears as Jefferson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Bob Weiner read through the charges Ewing faced.

Ewing, 59, had been imprisoned in Nevada since 1985 on an attempted murder conviction and fought his extradition to Colorado .

Investigators could not connect Ewing to the four 1984 Colorado killings until 2018 when DNA evidence tied him to the crimes . Colorado investigators had submitted DNA found […]

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