Ex-soldier Colin Reeves, 34, charged over murders of husband and wife in Norton Fitzwarren
By SEAMLESS DAILY
24 November 2021
Collin Reeves, 34, has been charged with the murders of husband and wife Stephen and Jennifer Chapple in Norton Fitzwarren on Sunday, Avon and Somerset Police said.
Reeves, of Norton Fitzwarren, will appear at Taunton Magistrates' Court on Thursday in connection with the deaths.
the husband and wife who died at their home in a somerset village as their children slept upstairs.
Avon and Somerset Police said post-mortem examinations found both Ms Chapple, 33, and her 36-year-old husband died from multiple stab wounds.
jennifer and stephen were formally identified earlier today.
Detective Inspector Neil Meade, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said : "Specialist officers are providing support to Jennifer and Stephen's families and our thoughts remain with them this evening.
"we 've been keeping them fully updated on the progress of our investigation and they 're aware of this latest development.
"It is undoubtedly an extremely difficult time for them and I'd ask their privacy is respected as they continue to come to terms with what has happened."
He added : "I'd like to remind both the media and the public that criminal proceedings are now active and Collin Reeves has a right to a fair trial.
"It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."
a couple who were killed in their home as their children were asleep upstairs may have been involved in rows over parking.
the former soldier was arrested on suspicion of murder.
A 67-year-old man who was also arrested as part of the inquiry has been released and remains under investigation.
The couple's two sons, aged five and six, were unhurt and are now being looked after by family members, Avon and Somerset Police said.
Mr Chapple taught computing at the nearby West Somerset College.
Head teacher Gregg Mockridge said he will be "sadly missed".
"steve was a fantastic colleague at west somerset college, a brilliant teacher that cared deeply about the students in his care," he said.
Mrs Chapple worked in the coffee shop at a garden centre in the village, where staff said they were "devastated" at the loss of their "much-loved friend".
she said : "it's a very close knit, loving family.
Due to prior contact with the couple, Avon and Somerset Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct ( IOPC ).
Collin Reeves, 34, is accused of murdering his neighbours Stephen Chapple, 36, a teacher, and Jennifer Chapple, 33, who worked in a coffee shop.
A neighbour said : 'Police have been out there on at least three occasions because of the parking, it's utterly ridiculous.
he led innovations in the use of technology across the school as well as within his own teaching.
Steve will be sadly missed by all staff and students and our thoughts and prayers go out to his children and wider family at this time."
Rob Brooks, the manager of Otter garden centre in Taunton, said : "Jenny joined us at the beginning of this year and worked in our coffee shop.
Neighbours living on the new build estate around Dragon Rise described the neighbourhood as quiet, and one neighbour described the victims as 'very friendly '.
Despite the desperate attempts of paramedics, the Chapples died of their wounds at their home in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton.
Reeves was a commando engineer, a role that supports the Royal Marines.
Tributes poured in for the Chapples, who were popular members of the community.
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