A MAN suffering from dementia allegedly killed his wife hours before Thanksgiving dinner, leaving his family to find him lying in bed, inches away from his wife’s corpse.
Family members were expected to come for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday at around 1pm, but when they arrived, nobody answered the door.
They called the police who told them that officers couldn’t forcibly come in.
The family then broke down the garage door to enter the home, where they discovered Connie dismembered in the bedroom.
Karlan was lying on his bed with his legs and neck slashed, inches away from Connie.
A second 911 call was made when Karlan’s sister discovered the tragedy that had transpired.
Denio’s sister reported to authorities that, when they finally got in, the home was dark, and she walked in to find her brother on the bed with Connie’s remains on the ground.
“Karlan looked at her, at which point [she] backed out of the residence and called police again,” the criminal complaint said.
Karlan was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) two years ago.
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The Denio’s neighbors are beside themselves after the tragedy.
“I’m stunned – that is unbelievable,” neighbor Rich Cordova told the Alberquerque Journal.
“They were nice folks, and it was the last I would expect a tragedy to happen to.”
Cordova said he had lived next door to the Denio family for 20 years.
One relative shared a tribute and photo of Connie as a child on Facebook, writing, “This is how I will always remember my aunt Connie Denio. Young. Vibrant. Fearless. Not afraid to climb a tree in a dress.”
Another relative paid tribute to Connie. She wrote on Facebook, alongside a photo of Connie: “So our Thanksgiving festivities didn’t end at all had we all planned.”
She added: “Connie Denio was tragically taken from this earth.
“Please pray for immediate/extended family/friends during this very difficult time as they try an find peace and comfort in the coming days. We love you Aunt Connie!
Karlan was taken to the hospital to treat his lacerations and remains in police custody.
He has been charged with one count of murder.
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