Second death linked to 'Make My Day' defendant Marla Abling

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KUSA - 9Wants to Know has discovered a second death connected to murder defendant Marla Abling.

Abling is currently facing a first-degree murder charge for the January 2013 strangulation of her estranged boyfriend, Rory Alba. His body was found in her bedroom. Investigators from the Lamar Police Department say it appeared he recently had sex.

9Wants to Know has also discovered 45-year-old Mike McGee died in Abling's bed in 2011. Abling kept McGee's body in her home for nearly two days before reporting the death to police.

In the Alba case, Abling unsuccessfully tried to get "Make My Day" immunity, saying Abla illegally entered her apartment because she had a protective order against them.

Colorado's "Make My Day" law grants immunity from prosecution to people who kill intruders in their homes. She now moves forward to trial in the case.

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In the McGee case, Abling was questioned but never arrested or charged. McGee's family has lingering questions about what led up to his death. His daughters are speaking publically for the first time about the case, which was ruled an accidental death.

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"In those two days, surely she knew something was wrong," McGee's Daughter Candice McGee said.

"The detective was very frustrated at the time," McGee's mom Barbara McGee said. "They knew something was not right, but they had no proof because she had had two days to clean up the apartment."

The autopsy revealed what appeared to be needle marks on Mike McGee's body. Blood tests showed a significant amount of cocaine, antihistamine, and a powerful morphine-based painkiller called Dilaudid. The medical examiner ruled McGee's death an accidental overdose.

Prosecutors also reviewed those findings.

"The facts and evidence of that case did not give us anything to prove something beyond a reasonable doubt," Prowers County District Attorney Jennifer Swanson said.

McGee's daughters and mother told 9Wants to Know they would like authorities to look at his death again to make sure nothing was overlooked the first time.

"It's just hard," Barbara McGee said.

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