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Ex-soldier in court over killing of mum and dad in home as their children slept

Collin Reeves, 34, is accused of killing Stephen and Jennifer Chapple as their children slept in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, on Sunday

Double murder suspect Collin Reeves has appeared in court

A former soldier accused of murdering a husband and wife as their children slept has appeared in court for the first time.

Collin Reeves, 34, is accused of killing Stephen and Jennifer Chapple in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, on Sunday.

He appeared at Taunton Magistrates’ Court for a brief hearing in connection with their deaths today.

The husband and wife were killed as their children slept upstairs at their home at around 9.45pm on Sunday.

Avon and Somerset Police said post-mortem examinations found both Ms Chapple, 33, and her 36-year-old husband died from multiple stab wounds.

The victims were killed in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, while their children slept upstairs.

Reeves, also of Dragon Rise, was remanded into custody ahead of his first appearance at Exeter Crown Court on Friday.

Jennifer, aged 33, and Stephen, aged 36, were formally identified yesterday.

Jennifer Chapple died as a result of multiple stab wounds, police said



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.”

Stephen Chapple was found dead alongside his wife on Sunday

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.”

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