Suspect arrested in Breckenridge beating death

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Gregory Scott Gavin

Gregory Scott Gavin

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – A 50-year-old man is under arrest in the fatal beating of a transient who was living along the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Gregory Scott Gavin was being held in the Summit County Detention Facility Friday on a charge of Second Degree Murder.

Bond was set at $250,000.

On May 19, a worker cleaning up trash found the body of Karl Kohler, 45, near the Burro Trailhead at the base of Peak 9.

The Summit County Coroner said Kohler died from blunt force trauma. Investigators believe he was beaten with a baseball bat.

“Over the past three weeks (detectives) have devoted themselves entirely to this investigation,” said Summit County Undersheriff Derek Woodman. “Based on physical evidence and confirmation from DNA lab analysis, we feel confident we have put together a solid case.”

Woodman said Gavin had been the primary suspect from the beginning of the investigation.

Authorities have not released a possible motive in the slaying.