Nampa resident Adam Dees, 22, was arrested on grand theft and forgery charges March 11 after he arrived to pick up a car stereo at a Boise Best Buy store, where he allegedly used a credit card belonging to one of the victims of a triple homicide earlier that week.
Dees had been scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing, but it was set aside until April 15.
Nampa attorney Isaiah Govia — who represented Dees, 22, at his arraignment — withdrew from the case Thursday. Magistrate Theresa Gardunia appointed Dees an attorney from the Ada County Public Defender’s Office to represent him.
Detectives had been tracking the use of the victims’ credit cards at stores and restaurants in the Boise area.
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Nearly three weeks after Ted, Elaine and their son Tom Welp were found brutally murdered at their Foothills home, investigators continue to examine the hilltop residence.
The collection of evidence at the home at 9700 N. Cartwright Road has been a painstaking process and both detectives and crime scene analysts have been meticulous in their work, said Andrea Dearden, spokeswoman for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
The cause of death for the Welps has not been revealed. Ada County Coroner Dotti Owens said Thursday no information on the deaths would be released “at this time.” Owens’ office cited the “open and ongoing investigation” for not revealing that information.
Family and friends held a funeral mass for the Welps on Wednesday. Prior to the funeral, Ted and Elaine’s son-in-law James Nesci read a public statement on behalf of the family: “We miss them very much, but recognize that they would want us to continue on, as they would, loving, living and giving.”
The bodies were found March 10 and Sheriff Gary Raney described the crime scene as probably the bloodiest and most horrific he’s encountered during his 31 years of law enforcement.
Dees is not currently accused of killing the family. His charges also include trying to sell a diamond engagement ring that belonged to Elaine Welp. Detectives recovered the ring from a local jeweler.
While Dees has not been charged in the killings, Raney assured Treasure Valley residents two weeks ago they could “sleep peacefully.”
The sheriff’s office has not said they are looking for other suspects in the case.
“We’re just all waiting to hear the story,” said Jon Neviaser, who can see the top of the Welp home from his residence down below on North Pierce Park Lane. “We hope the authorities tell us the story.”
Neviaser said he and his wife did not hear anything unusual in the days leading up to when the bodies were discovered. He said he also spoke to two of his neighbors and they hadn’t heard anything, either.
Neviaser said he was looking into installing an alarm system at his home.
“Not that I think anything like this would happen again, but because we should have had one before,” he said.