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Murder suspect arrested

Matt Zalaznick

A woman who lives on a ranch west of Eagle has been arrested for investigation of murder in the shooting death of an ex-boyfriend, police said Friday.

Kathleen “Kathy” Denson, 44, was taken into custody Thursday after a woman who lives on a ranch between Eagle and Gypsum called 911 saying she’d just shot her ex-boyfriend, said Kim Andree, a spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

When paramedics arrived at Denson’s ranch, at 14245 U.S. Highway 6 between Eagle and Gypsum, they found Gerald Boyd, 45, of Vail, lying in the living room with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest, Andree said.

Boyd, who was known as “Cody,” was pronounced dead at the scene, Andree said.

The Sheriff’s Office would not discuss the incident Thursday night and released few details Friday. The case was still under investigation Friday night, and investigators had no further comments, Andree said.

Denson made a brief appearance in Eagle County Court Friday. She be will held at the Eagle County jail through the weekend and will appear for her second court hearing Monday.

The killing is the second in Eagle County in a little over a month.

The body of 57-year-old Keystone Resort baker Melba Jean Ginther, of Keystone, was found near Camp Hale on May 20.

Ginther was shot to death and left lying behind a pickup truck 150 yards down a dirt road from Pando Junction on U.S. Highway 24 between Red Cliff and Leadville.

Investigators have followed several leads in the case but have not yet made any arrests in that case.

Matt Zalaznick covers public safety, Eagle County Courts and Avon/ Beaver Creek. He can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 606, or via e-mail at mzalaznick@vaildaily.com.


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