The Arapahoe County Grand Jury has indicted Jeffrey Scott Beier for the murder of Charlene Voight, among other charges.
Beier, 46, is in custody in Russia.
“This is the reason I recruited John Kellner to lead the Cold Case Unit I stood up when I was first elected,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “These cases present special challenges, but they are no less important to families, law enforcement and this office. Nobody should be able to walk away from murder. I will do everything in my power to bring a perpetrator to justice. I am pleased that in the death of Charlene Voight, there is now a process in place to accomplish that.”
On July 8, 2016, Voight’s family reported to Littleton Police that she was missing. Voight, who was 36 at the time of her death, was last seen by witnesses the night of June 30, 2016.
The investigation identified Beier as a suspect. He was in a relationship with Voight and she was living with him at the time of her disappearance. The grand jury issued its indictment Aug. 9. 2019. The body of Charlene Voight has not been located.
“I am proud to be able to tell the family of Miss Voight that the men and women of my department worked for four years to see this day,” said Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens. “My heart goes out to them, knowing that they are mourning the loss of their sister and daughter. I hope this arrest is a step that will help them move toward healing.”
Beier is charged with one count of first-degree murder after deliberation; one count of first-degree felony murder; one count of sexual assault; two counts of attempt to influence a public servant; two counts of tampering with evidence; one count of aggravated animal cruelty; and one count of third-degree assault.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Beier faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole under Colorado law.
It is unclear when Beier will be returned to Colorado to face the charges against him; no court dates will be scheduled until he is physically present in the Arapahoe County Detention Center.
Criminal charges are merely a formal accusation that an individual has committed a crime. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.