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Husband pulled trigger in Glenwood homicide-suicide last year

Glenwood Springs police and the Garfield County coroner said Thursday that Joseph Llewellyn shot his wife, Mary Kent, in an October homicide-suicide that shocked the community.

The couple was discovered in their home Oct. 18 by neighbors. Both were found with gunshot wounds to the head. The 79-year-old Llewellyn was already dead, but Kent, 73, was still alive. She was taken first to Valley View Hospital, then to Denver Health Medical Center to undergo surgery.

She was taken off life support 10 days later, after surgeons determined her brain could not sustain life.

Kent's death made the case more difficult as investigators had lost their only witness, Glenwood Police Chief Terry Wilson said at the time. Since then, authorities have not said who did the shooting.

Investigators immediately noted the lack of any evidence of a third party involved in the shootings, leaving police to suspect a homicide-suicide or a suicide pact.

"The Garfield County Coroner's Office and the Glenwood Springs Police Department initiated an investigation utilizing the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for crime scene assistance. In addition, several samples were sent to CBI for DNA analysis," read Thursday's joint statement.

"The samples sent to CBI confirmed that there was no evidence of a third person at the residence who could have contributed to the death of Kent or Llewellyn.

"Furthermore, physical and medical evidence from the scene investigation and autopsies are clear and convincing that Mr. Llewellyn shot Mrs. Kent in the head and then shot himself in the head."

Llewellyn and Kent were well known in Glenwood Springs. Both were active in the Friday Noon Rotary, and Kent frequently volunteered at the Glenwood Springs Historical Society.

Close friends of the Glenwood couple were shocked at having swiftly lost the two, calling them pillars of the community. And many were in disbelief at law enforcement's suspicions.