An 80-year-old man who was murdered in Longmont in July was stabbed 56 times, according to the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.
According to the autopsy report, Gary Hockaday had 21 stab wounds on his neck , 30 stab wounds on his upper left back , four stab wounds on his upper right back and a stab wound on the left shoulder.
Isaiah Ismael Rios, 30, was charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and felony murder in connection to Hockaday’s death, according to court records.
Rios also was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree trespassing, theft, criminal mischief, two habitual offender sentence enhancers, second-degree burglary of a dwelling and felony menacing, according to online court records.
The event’s leading to Rios’ arrest began at 6:12 p.m. July 18, when Hockaday’s wife couldn’t find her husband when she returned home and could see blood on the carpet. Police found Hockaday’s body after a more extensive search of the house. According to the coroner’s autopsy, a bloody knife also was found at the scene.
The couple’s pickup was stolen from their house and police found it unoccupied at a storage facility in the east central part of Longmont.
Police determined the person who drove the pickup was Rios and he was found in a storage unit at East Point Mini Storage. SWAT was called in and arrested Rios without incident.
Rios will next appear in court on Oct. 31
The coroner’s office has officially ruled Hockaday’s death a homicide and its report also stated hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease were contributing factors.