Carbondale suspect identified, faces murder charge |

Carbondale suspect identified, faces murder charge

Will Grandbois
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
The crime scene: An apartment complex about a block from the intersection of Main Street and Highway 133 in Carbondale is surrounded by police tape Tuesday morning.
Will Grandbois / Post Independent |

Authorities on Tuesday identified Arturo Navarrete-Portillo as the suspect in last week’s Carbondale homicide and issued a first-degree murder arrest warrant.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Navarrete-Portillo, 46, would be charged in the Feb. 16 stabbing death of his wife, Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya, 30.

A warrant has been issued for Navarrete-Portillo’s arrest and he will face charges of first-degree murder pending his release from the hospital, where he has been recuperating from a car accident that apparently occurred shortly after the slaying.

According to police, Navarrete-Portillo told a life flight crew he killed his wife while being flown to Grand Junction for treatment after he rear-ended a cattle truck just south of Carbondale.

Police later found Portillo-Amaya’s body in an apartment just west of downtown and less than 2 miles from the accident site. Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire conducted an autopsy and determined that she had died from “multiple sharp force injuries.”

It is Navarrete-Portillo’s first felony charge in Colorado. He was arrested in Aspen for driving under the influence in March 2004 and in Basalt on the same charge in September 2014.

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