24-year-old arrested in connection to Coal Creek Canyon triple murder

The Boulder County Sheriff's office arrested a 24 year old man from Lakewood today- in connection with three murders in Coal Creek Canyon.

KUSA - A 24-year-old from Lakewood was arrested Tuesday in connection to a triple murder in April that left three family members dead.

Garrett Coughlin was booked on three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation, three counts of first-degree murder during the commission of a robbery and aggravated robbery.

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He's accused of killing Wallace White, 54, Kelly Sloat-White, 56 and Emory Fraker, 39. The Whites were from Golden, and Fraker, Wallace's brother, was from Broomfield.

Their bodies were found on April 15 at a home on the 800 block of Divide View Drive in Coal Creek Canyon. Deputies believe they were shot to death during the morning hours of April 13.

During the investigation, Coughlin -- who knew the family -- was spotted in call records and documents. It was later discovered that the week after the killings, Coughlin traveled out of state and left a handgun at a home there. After missing two police interviews, detectives traveled to the home where Coughlin left the gun. Ballistics testing confirmed the handgun Coughlin ditched matched slugs found in the victims' bodies. 

When detectives confronted Coughlin with the ballistics evidence during an interview on Tuesday, he asked for a lawyer. That interview ended and he was booked and taken to the Boulder County Jail.

Coughlin is expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday. 

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Deputies previously said the home was specifically targeted as more than 100 marijuana plants were found inside. According to the arrest report, witnesses saw Coughlin with "large quantities of marijuana packaged consistent with the victim's, and cash, which was unusual for [him]" just two days after the homicide.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have information related to the case is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office tip-line at (303) 441-3674, or to submit a tip by email

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