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COLORADO MAN WAIVES EXTRADITION IN PARENTS’ DEATH

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A Colorado man who confessed to killing his parents when he was arrested for drunken driving in Utah waived extradition and was returned to Colorado Wednesday night, authorities said.

Ronald D. Pelham, 28, of Golden, was flown, under guard, on a commercial flight from Richfield to Denver and then taken to the Jefferson County sheriff's office in Golden for questioning, authorities said. He was later booked into the county jail.Pelham waived extradition during a sometimes tearful appearance before 6th Circuit Judge David Mower in Richfield Tuesday.

The suspect was stopped Monday night by Richfield police after they received a report of a drunken driver in a store parking lot. He was arrested by officer Bill Crane for investigation of charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a revoked license.

Crane was filling out booking sheets when the man turned to him and said something that made him "numb."

"He said, `This morning I killed my parents,' " Crane said.

The Sevier County sheriff's office called the Jefferson County sheriff's office. "They went to the home to do a welfare check, and that's when they found the victims," Crane said.

The bodies of Richard Pelham, 66, and Helen Pelham, 58, were found at their home in Golden about 10:45 p.m. Monday.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Grainger said the bodies were found just five minutes after the office received the notification from Utah. He said Richard Pelham's body was on a bed in the master bedroom. His wife's body was found on a couch in the family room.

There was no sign of a struggle, said sheriff's Lt. Dennis Potter.

Paramedics went to the Pelham home Sunday evening after receiving an anonymous phone call that Ronald Pelham might be suicidal. Helen Pelham assured them there was no problem, and the paramedics could see a younger man inside the home, watching television.

The visit was hours before the Pelhams were believed to have been killed, authorities said.

Richard Pelham was retired and Helen Pelham was a nurse at Craig Hospital in Englewood.

Pelham had a history of drunken-driving convictions, authorities said.

He was released from prison in Canon City Jan. 8 after serving a 15-month sentence after he was convicted of driving with a suspended license. The sentence was harsh because of Pelham's long history of convictions mostly on drunken-driving charges.

In December, Ronald Pelham and his wife, Cindy Pelham, had exchanged wedding vows via satellite during a segment of the "Geraldo" television show.

The two had been married and divorced prior to the show. Three months later, Cindy Pelham filed for a second divorce. It is expected to be final Oct. 28.