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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Bruce Bagwell Guilty of First Degree Murder of his Wife

Bruce Bagwell

A Jefferson County jury deliberated one hour before finding Bruce Bagwell, DOB: 11-15-58, guilty of First Degree Murder in the death of 58-year-old Theresa Bagwell, his wife of 37 years. Their verdict was returned on October 28.

On February 6, 2019 Lakewood police got a call from Theresa Bagwell’s elderly father who said that he had called to speak to Theresa, but Bruce Bagwell answered and told him that he had shot and killed Theresa. When police arrived at the house at 9890 W. 26th Avenue, they found Mrs. Bagwell deceased. She was naked, sitting in a wheel chair. She had suffered three shotgun blasts.

Theresa Bagwell had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January 2019. They had chosen in-home hospice care in lieu of treatment. The hospice care provider was with Mrs. Bagwell earlier in the day that she was murdered.

The jury heard evidence that Bruce Bagwell was behind Mrs. Bagwell when he shot her twice in the back of the head with a shotgun. He then came around to face her and fired a third shotgun blast, at close range, into her chest.

Bagwell continues to be held without bond at the Jefferson County jail. Sentencing has been set for November 13 at 2:00.


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