Woman's common-law husband in custody in her slaying

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A 34-year-old woman was found slain in her South Jeffco apartment last Friday evening, and her common-law husband has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.


The body of Michele Elaine Lucero was found in her apartment in the 9300 block of West Ontario Drive about 9 p.m. March 21.

The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect, 33-year-old Michael Allen Sommerfield, called and turned himself in a short time after Lucero’s body was found. Sommerfield had his first court date for advisement on Saturday. 

The arrest affidavit said Sommerfield allegedly called his brother and told him he had “messed up” and needed to turn himself in. He also reportedly called the Denver Police Department and said he was a suspect in a crime. 

The child of a concerned neighbor climbed onto Lucero’s back deck, entered the apartment and found the body, according to the affidavit. 

The Jeffco coroner’s office is investigating the cause of Lucero’s death.

Deputies were still at the apartment, near West Coal Mine Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard, early Saturday.

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine.