Triple murder suspect arrested

Barbara Lawlor, Boulder County.  Garrett Matthew Coughlin, 24,  of Lakewood, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, May 16, 2017, for the triple murder on Divide View Drive in Coal Creek Canyon, that occurred on April 15.


Boulder County Sheriff’s investigators met with Coughlin at the Lakewood Police Department for an interview.  At the conclusion of the interview, Coughlin was arrested.

Coughlin was transported to the Boulder County Jail where he was booked on three counts of Murder in the First Degree (after deliberation), a class one felony; three counts of Murder in the First Degree (during the commission of a robbery); and Aggravated Robbery, a class three felony.


The families of the three murder victims were notified of the arrest on Tuesday.


According to the arrest report, on April 15, a friend of the family, not being able to contact Wallace Lance White or Kelly Lee Sloat-White checked the house and found Kelly inside of the home with blood near her head.


Coal Creek Canyon fire personnel arrived and found two more bodies.


The couple was supposed to pick up a family member at the airport on Thursday, April 13. The family member called the residence and got no answer. Deputies were told that marijuana and large amounts of cash were typically kept in the home.


The third body was identified as Emory Lee Loyd Fraker. Marijuana was found in the basement and it was determined that the victims died of gunshot wounds.

Through phone calls and documents, investigators contacted multiple people, one of them Garrett Coughlin, who was familiar with the family. Detectives learned that Garrett was late to work on the day of the homicides by four hours.


Further interviews with Garrett’s family members ascertained that guns were missing from the house. Investigators learned that Garrett left the state the week after the homicides and traveled to many states.


Two days after the homicide, witnesses saw Garrett with packaged marijuana and cash.


On May 11, detectives talked to Garrett, telling him to come to the BCSO for an interview. He did not agree to show up.


On May 15, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation performed ballistic comparisons between the gun found out of state and a slug removed from one of the victims. They discovered that the slug was fired from the gun Garrett left at his cousin’s.


On May 16, Garrett requested an attorney. He was arrested and transported to the Boulder County Jail, where he was booked and charged with three counts of First Degree Murder, three counts of First Degree Murder during the Commission of Robbery and Aggravated Robbery.



Investigation into the homicides is continuing.  Anyone who may have information related to, or that may help with this investigation is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office tip-line at (303) 441-3674, or to submit a tip by email. Anyone who would like to provide information but remain anonymous may contact Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Barbara Lawlor

Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.