ALAMOSA — Investigation is ongoing into the stabbing death of rural Alamosa resident Lorraine Gallegos, 72, and an affidavit for an arrest warrant has been filed for her husband Elias “Lee” Narciso Gallegos, 74.
According to Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson, his department responded to a possible stabbing Friday morning, July 27, about 11:30 a.m. at 8108.5 County Road 110 South. Upon their arrival, deputies found Lorraine Gallegos deceased.
Alamosa County Deputy Coroner Jeri Chacon pronounced Lorraine Gallegos dead at the scene at 11:47 a.m.
According to the affidavit for an arrest warrant, Lee Gallegos also had several puncture wounds that he told EMS personnel were self inflicted and that he stabbed himself because he killed his wife but did not know why.
Lee Gallegos was transported for treatment locally and transferred to a Denver-area hospital where he remained as of Monday afternoon. At that time he was not yet in custody, but the affidavit for his arrest lists probable cause to arrest Lee Gallegos on charges of murder in the first degree, harassment and domestic violence.
According to family members, Lee Gallegos was suffering from Frontal Lobe Dementia, which had become rapidly and aggressively worse in recent months.
“This act was not who lee Gallegos was for 74 years of his life. This is who he became because of an illness that started or at least was noticed five months ago. We were not aware of the possible outcome of this disease,” the family stated.
Colorado Bureau of Investigations is assisting with the ongoing investigation in this case.
A more complete story will appear in Tuesday’s Courier.