Family IDs suspect in lineup |

Family IDs suspect in lineup

Nicole Frey
Charles Gross, 55, about whom police have released few details, was arrested Monday.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Maria Madrid’s husband and son identified Charles Anthony Gross, 55, in photo lineup Tuesday, a day after he was arrested for allegedly shooting the Gypsum woman to death, Eagle County Sheriff’s Capt. Bill Kaufman said.

During a court hearing Tuesday, Gross was charged on suspicion of the shooting of the 38-year-old Gypsum resident, Kaufman said. However, the district attorney’s office can revise or add charges until Oct. 25, when Gross will next appear in court.

Deputies found Gross around 3:15 p.m. after receiving a phone call from an unidentified individual who reported a suspicious man walking along the Colorado River Road north of Dotsero.

The caller said Gross matched the description of the suspect wanted in connection with the killing of Madrid at a campsite Friday.

Kaufman said police have few details about Gross, who appeared to have been living in a camper attached to a truck that has also been recovered by police. The truck had an arc-welder in the bed, Kaufman said Monday night.

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After questioning, police arrested Gross and charged him with second-degree murder, a class two felony. Gross is being held in the Eagle County jail on $1 million bail, Kaufman said. Gross declined to speak with the Vail Daily.

Madrid, who came to the valley from Mexico in 1992, was killed Friday night after a man opened fire on her family as they prepared to leave the campsite they were sharing with the man.

The Madrids had traveled to the campsite ” about two miles north of Dotsero from their home in Gypsum ” for a family picnic.

As they got in their pickup truck to leave the campsite, Madrid’s husband Eliseo said, a man approached them and accused the family of not picking up their trash.

Assuring him they had cleaned up, the Madrids tried to leave as the man opened fire on the truck, Eliseo Madrid said.

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