This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.AURORA, Colo. — An inmate in a Nevada prison has been charged with murder, felony murder and attempted murder in the deaths of three members of an Aurora family and a Lakewood woman that had gone unsolved for the past 34 years, officials announced Friday. “There was a great deal of elation in knowing that we possibly had that suspect identity known, and hopefully in custody,” Aurora Police Chief Nicholas Metz said. Alexander Ewing, 57, is serving a 40-year prison term for two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the attack of a couple with an ax handle in their bedroom. On Jan. 10, 1984, Patricia Smith, 50, was found beaten to death with a hammer in her home in Lakewood. Six days later, Bruce and Debra Bennett and their 7-year-old daughter Melissa were found beaten to death in their Aurora home with a different hammer. The Bennetts’ then-3-year-old daughter, Vanessa, was also attacked and suffered head injuries but survived. Both children were also sexually assaulted, according to the arrest affidavits. cases had reached a “critical stage.” In August 2017, investigators released a composite image of the suspect in the Bennett family homicides that was created using DNA phenotyping. Anyone who might have had contact with Ewing from 1983 to 1984 is asked to call the Aurora Police Department at 303-739-6400 or the Lakewood Police Department at 303-763-6800.
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