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A suspect in the May 2 murder of a Northern Arizona couple has been arrested in Colorado, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Officials identified Derrick Shawn Barnett, 29, of Grand Junction, Colorado, as the man suspected in the killing of Michael Dimuria, 67, and his wife, Nora Dimuria, 64. The couple’s vehicle also was stolen from their property near Williams.

Coconino County sheriff’s officials said they worked with authorities from the Dolores, Montezuma and Mesa counties’ sheriffs’ offices in Colorado to identify Barnett as a suspect.

Dolores County sheriff’s deputies found the couple’s white Jeep Liberty abandoned at a campground in Dove Creek, Colorado, midafternoon on May 5, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies then embarked on a 30-mile chase after Barnett before arresting him about 9 p.m., the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said.

Barnett faces charges of murder, theft of a means of transportation and misconduct involving weapons, according to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. He is in custody at the Montezuma County Jail in Coretz, Colorado, where he also faces local charges.

Coconino County is seeking extradition of Barnett back to Arizona, according to the Sheriff’s Office.


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