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Man Charged with Murder in Alleged Machete Attack on Colorado Family

Lonny Lynn McNair

A man has been charged in a horrifying machete attack in Colorado. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced their prosecution of Lonny Lynn McNair, 48, on Tuesday.

Authorities said Brighton cops responded to a 911 call on August 11. Officers found Bonnie Lynn Skinner, 51, covered in severe lacerations and lying in a pool of blood outside of a home, according to a press statement obtained by Law&Crime. She was pronounced dead at the Platte Valley Medical Center. Her husband, daughter, and a family friend were injured. For example, police said the daughter lost a pinky finger in the attack.

McNair fled and proceeded to lead police on a high-speed chase, but he crashed and was arrested, prosecutors said.

The suspect faces charges of first-degree murder after deliberation, first-degree felony murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault against an at-risk person, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, vehicle eluding, and 12 counts of crime of violence. He was told of his charges at the Adams County District Court, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing to take place on November 6, prosecutors said.

Police suggest that the alleged murder stemmed from a previous interaction.

“Our understanding is that this was a person the family knew and was trying to help out in the past and recently there had been some misunderstandings between them and that may have been the motivation,” Brighton police spokesman John Bradley said, according to CBS Denver.

It is unclear if McNair has an attorney at this time.

[Mugshot via Brighton Police Department and 9News]

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