Douglas County man accused of double-homicide pleads not guilty

Casey Devol set to appear at December hearing


The man accused of killing his sister and her boyfriend earlier this year in rural Douglas County pleaded not guilty to the crime Friday.

Casey Devol, 30, appeared in a packed courtroom to enter his plea through public defender Ara Ohanian. 

Devol, who appeared in the courtroom during the Sept. 23 hearing, remains in jail as he awaits trial.

The victims in the case, Jessica Mitchell, 32, and Bryan Todd Gray, 34, were discovered Feb. 8 in a garage adjacent to a house they lived in on Russellville Road near Franktown. Mitchell was Devol’s sister. 

The next hearing in the case will be Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. for the judge to hear motions. There will then be a pre-trial hearing Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. followed by a trial beginning Jan. 23. The trial is set to last three weeks. 

Loved ones and community members from the area at the border of Douglas and Elbert counties have come to hearings, filling the courtroom. When Devol’s arrest was first announced, comments poured in from residents, many of whom said they knew the victims and Devol for years.

A coworker of Gray’s discovered him and Mitchell in the Russellville Road garage at about 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8.

A man who police identified as Devol had been seen on security cameras entering the garage “carrying multiple handguns and a long gun.” Devol’s vehicle was also scanned by a traffic camera in Castle Rock at about 7 a.m. 

When found, Mitchell appeared to have been shot in the stomach and had a “pry bar” on top of her. Gray was found with a plate of food on him “as if he was getting ready to eat.” He had been shot in the head.

Investigators reported the rear door was left open and the residence appeared ransacked, according to the affidavit. In February, Sheriff Tony Spulock said there was not yet a clear motive in the case. A motive has not been announced since then. 

After he was identified, the sheriff’s office asked for the public’s help in finding Devol, calling him “armed and dangerous.” A few hours later, Devol was found in Salina, Kansas. 

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