Trial date set in Franktown double homicide

Another pre-trial hearing scheduled in September

Elliott Wenzler
ewenzler@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/22/22

A nine-day trial is scheduled in the double homicide case that rocked a rural town of Douglas County earlier this year. c

The trial for Casey Devol, 30, who has been charged with killing his …

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Trial date set in Franktown double homicide

Another pre-trial hearing scheduled in September

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A nine-day trial is scheduled in the double homicide case that rocked a rural town in Douglas County earlier this year.

The trial for Casey Devol, 30, who has been charged with killing his sister and her boyfriend, is set to begin January 23. 

The victims, Jessica Mitchell, 32, and Bryan Todd Gray, 34, were discovered Feb. 8 in a garage adjacent to a house they lived in on Russellville Road. 

Both sides of the courtroom were full with family members and loved ones of the victims and Devol’s Friday as Judge Patricia Herron addressed the court.

While Ara Ohanian — a public defender representing Devol — requested the hearing be postponed, Herron said she wished to schedule a trial. Herron added that often, the first trial date has to be pushed back.

“The calendar, as you know from COVID, is a mess,” she said. “And it doesn't seem to be getting any better.”

The court also set another hearing for Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. where Devol may enter a plea of not guilty. 

The case brought an outpouring of comments from community members, many of whom knew the victims and Devol for years.

An affidavit from the case revealed that someone who worked with Gray discovered him and Mitchell inside the garage at about 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Mitchell appeared to have been shot in the stomach and had a “pry bar” on top of her. Gray was found with a plate of food on him “as if he was getting ready to eat.” He appeared to have been shot in the head. 

Investigators reported the rear door was left open and the residence appeared ransacked, according to the affidavit. No clear motive has been identified in the case. 

Security footage shows a man entering the garage “carrying multiple handguns and a long gun.” 

After receiving a tip from a family friend, investigators matched Devol’s driver’s license photo with the security footage from the night of the murders. His vehicle, which investigators called an “exact match” for one at the scene, was also scanned by a traffic camera in Castle Rock at about 7 a.m. Feb. 7.

crime, Casey Devol, Franktown

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