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Snowmass deaths appear to represent murder-suicide

Chad Abraham

Police say the Snowmass Village couple whose bodies were found Tuesday night died when the man shot his common-law wife and then turned the gun on himself.Snowmass Village Police Chief Art Smythe said officers responding to a neighbor’s report that Lisa Morgan, 44, and Robert Taliaferro, 42, were having a loud argument found them dead in the home’s living room.The weapon was a .357-caliber Magnum revolver. Smythe said it didn’t appear Morgan had tried to flee.”We don’t have any sense of that at all,” he said. “There’s nothing conclusive about what exactly she may have been doing when she was shot.”Both had alcohol and benzodiazepine sedatives, a class of tranquilizers and sleeping pills that includes Valium, in their systems when they died, said Pitkin County coroner Dr. Steve Ayers.He said Morgan “likely lived for a couple of minutes” after she was shot, between 8 and 8:15 p.m.Firearms do not have to be registered with police in Colorado, Smythe said. There is a background search for gun buyers, however, and their records must be free of felonies or domestic abuse convictions.Firearms do not have to be registered with police in Colorado, Smythe said. There is a background search for gun buyers, however, and their records must be free of felonies or domestic abuse convictions.


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