GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – (KREX) It was September 22 that Grand Junction Fire Department first responded to a house fire at 575 29 1/2 Road. Firefighters discovered 80 year old Mary Cruthers dead at the scene. The affidavit says a shirt or apron was tightly wrapped around her neck and Cruthers was not identifiable at the time.
The Mesa County Coroner determined Cruthers died from an incised wound to the neck. Hoyt who is 34, stands charged with murder in the first degree, first degree arson, tampering with a deceased human body, tampering with physical evidence and second degree assault.
Mesa County Police officers found Hoyt soon after at his sister’s house where he waived his rights and interviewed with investigators. He admitted to murdering Cruthers while he was on meth.
According to Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Hoyt believed he was speaking to Cruthers through a voice or sixth sense . He’s being held at Mesa County detention center on a cash bond of $2 Million, as he awaits his court appearance set for November 10th. “We are a long ways away from even discussing a plea agreement in this case,” Rich Tuttle, Assistant District Attorney said, “Ultimately because this is a victim’s rights case, we will have to consult with the family of Mary Cruthers on any possible plea agreement in the matter, but that is far along down the road.”
In the mean time, because the case appears to be solved, the District Attorney is working with Sheriff’s investigators to finalize the investigation.
Source: Grand Junction Local News | Update on the Kellan Hoyt murder and arson case