Police search for motive in killings

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Police Monday remained baffled as to why a man who grew up in Alaska and was staying with a relative in suburban Denver apparently drove 240 miles to kill a dentist and the wife of a former Mesa State College president.

The spouses of those killed survived Saturday morning's shooting in the driveway of a home near a country club, about a mile from an Interstate 70 exit.

Suspect Stefan Alexander Martin-Urban, 22, died Sunday around 1 p.m. of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had no criminal history, no ties to the Grand Junction area and no apparent link to the victims.

During a news conference Monday afternoon, police said receipts in Martin-Urban's car indicate he bought gas at a Grand Junction-area gas station Friday morning then bought food that evening in Green River, Utah, about 85 miles west of the city.

Police also said survivor Michael Gallagher, a former Mesa State College president, told investigators that Martin-Urban may have followed them from their home to the home of dentist Terry Fine, and his wife Linda, where the shooting took place.

Police were seeking the public's help in learning what else Martin-Urban did or where he was before the shootings. Police were following up on several leads received by Monday on a tip line.

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