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On June 28, 2024, an Arapahoe County jury found Reginald L. Maclaren, 83, guilty in the double-homicide of his wife and disabled daughter.

Around 6 p.m. on March 25, 2023, Maclaren called Englewood Police Dispatch and stated that he believed his wife and daughter were murdered. When officers arrived, they noticed two large black trash cans in the living room. The severed body of Maclaren’s wife was found in one trash bin, and the severed body of his daughter was found in the other.

Upon searching the remainder of the apartment, officers found a large ax in a closet and a hand saw near the garbage cans. About a week prior to the murders, Maclaren told officers he purchased the saw and trash cans from The Home Depot.

During questioning, Maclaren said he had recently lost his job and did not want to be homeless. The investigation revealed Maclaren struck his wife and daughter multiple times in the head with an ax, and then he used a saw to dismember their bodies before placing them in trash containers.

Reginald Maclaren

“Mr. Maclaren betrayed his family in a gruesome and senseless ambush that he planned for weeks,” Chief Deputy DA Jake Adkins said. “He violently murdered his wife and daughter and planned to dispose of their bodies like trash.”

Under Colorado law, a first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

“It is difficult to imagine the fear and confusion that these two women endured in their final moments.”  Senior Deputy DA Corrie Caler said. “Ruth and Bethany Maclaren lives’ were needlessly cut short, and we are thankful for the jury in returning a just verdict.”

In addition to the first-degree murder convictions, Maclaren was also found guilty of the following offenses:

Tampering with a Deceased Body (2 counts) 

False Reporting 

Sentencing is scheduled on July 10, 2024.

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