Details in teen’s death to be released Wednesday

More details in the slaying of a local middle school boy, allegedly at the hands of his father, won’t be released until Wednesday as authorities are still investigating the case, according to Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger.

Hautzinger said Monday that an affidavit — or a statement of facts that shows probable cause outlining reasons why a person should be arrested — will be unsealed by a judge Wednesday, the day 51-year-old defendant Allen Grabe is expected to be charged with murder in his son’s death. Grabe was in custody Monday on a $1 million bond.

“This may be a little different than any other murder case,” Hautzinger said.

Allen Lee Grabe was arrested Thursday night in the shooting death of his 13-year-old son Jacob, who had a neurological disorder similar to autism called Asperger’s syndrome.

The shooting occurred at the Grabe home at 3045 Wedgewood Ave. just before 10 p.m. Deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department found the boy’s body inside the home.

Hautzinger said public safety was not the reason for the sealing and that there are no other suspects in the case. He said the document reveals sensitive details.

“Unsealing it now could have negative impacts,” he said. “This investigation is still ongoing and it is very active.”


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