Three teenagers arrested in the stabbing death of a Lafayette mother were charged as adults this morning in Boulder County District Court.
Bryan Grove, 17, told police he strangled his girlfriend Tess Damm's mother, 52-year-old Linda Damm, until she was unconscious, then stabbed her several times in the neck and once in the mouth after a heated argument four weeks ago.
Grove's friend, Jared Smith, who has also been arrested in connection with the case, told police that on the day of the slaying, the three were eating at the Westminster IHOP and Grove and Tess Damm were talking about how much they hated Linda Damm. Smith said Grove asked his girlfriend if she wanted him to take care of her mother, and the 15-year-old answered yes, according to arrest reports released Wednesday following the charging hearing.
The trio then drove to the home at 705 W. Brome Place, and Grove got out of the car and said he would call them when it was OK to return, Smith told detectives. After a while, Grove called and asked for Smith to come inside and help him wrap a sheet around Damm's bloody body and put her in the trunk of her Subaru wagon in the garage, according to the report.
Grove is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence, all felonies.
Tess Damm is also charged with three felonies - conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, being an accessory to a crime and tampering with physical evidence.
Grove's friend Jared Guy, 18, is charged with being an accessory to a crime and tampering with physical evidence after police say he tried twice to dispose of Damm's body about a week after the crime - once at the Erie dump and a second time by burying it in Boulder's Green Mountain Cemetery. Guy and Grove returned that same night to retrieve Damm's body for fear of it being discovered.
Smith, 16, has not been charged yet.
Police discovered Damm's decaying body in the Subaru Feb. 27, while following up on a tip that there was a body that was going to be buried somewhere in Wyoming the following weekend .
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