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New details about triple homicide near Forestville revealed in court filing

Charging documents revealed new details about a triple homicide near Forestville as the second of three murder suspects made his first appearance in a Santa Rosa court Thursday.

The felony complaint alleges two of the victims, Todd Klarkowski, 42, of Boulder, Colo., and Richard Lewin, 46, of Huntington, N.Y., were purchasing marijuana from the third victim, former Sebastopol resident Raleigh Butler, 24.

Their alleged killer, Mark William Capello, 46, of Central City, Colo., also was seeking to obtain pot from Butler, although his exact role in the deal was unclear. The complaint says he met with the three victims a day before the Feb. 5 slayings to view a sample of marijuana for sale.

The next day, Capello and co-defendant Odin Dwyer, 38, of Colorado, followed Butler, Klarkowski and Lewin into a Forestville house, the complaint says.

They packaged pot for transport before Capello and Odin left to meet in Santa Rosa with the third defendant, Dwyer's father, Francis Dwyer, 65, of New Mexico.

The three then fled with the marijuana to Colorado and New Mexico, the complaint says.

At some point, Capello is alleged to have shot the three men to death with a pistol. Their bodies were discovered by Butler's brother in a house their mother rented off Ross Station Road.

Capello was arrested Feb. 14 on Interstate 10 in Alabama after authorities pulled him over for a traffic stop and found he was wanted in California. The Dwyers were arrested in their home states 12 days later.

Capello is charged with three counts of murder with special circumstances, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Odin Dwyer was charged Thursday with three murders also, but no special circumstances.

Prosecutors say he and his father were accomplices.


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