Suspect’s ex-wife: ‘I always knew he’d never be stopped until he murdered a woman’

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Suspect’s ex-wife: ‘I always knew he’d never be stopped until he murdered a woman’

Ignacio man with history of domestic violence kills wife, police say
An Ignacio woman, identified as Rachel Ream, was found dead Jan. 1 at her home. Authorities have since arrested Damon Mathews on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Suspect’s ex-wife: ‘I always knew he’d never be stopped until he murdered a woman’

An Ignacio woman, identified as Rachel Ream, was found dead Jan. 1 at her home. Authorities have since arrested Damon Mathews on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Timeline of the Rachel Ream killing

Nov. 24: Damon Mathews was arrested for third-degree assault and domestic violence against his wife, Rachel Ream.

Nov. 25: District Judge Jeffrey Wilson set Mathews’ bond at $1,500. The 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office had asked Mathews’ bail to be set at $10,000.

Dec. 10: Around this time, the District Attorney’s Office started to move to elevate Mathews’ misdemeanor charges to felonies.

Dec. 21: Judge Wilson granted a motion to elevate Mathews’ charges to felonies, though his bail was not increased.

Dec. 25: Mathews was released from the La Plata County Jail after he posted the $1,500 bail.

Dec. 31: Mathews allegedly killed Ream, shooting her one time in the head, after an altercation on New Year’s Eve.

Jan. 1: Mathews turned himself in after stealing Ream’s car and traveling to the Denver-metro area.

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