September 01, 2016

 

 Stepson charged in Colorado veterinarian’s beating death

​Posted Aug. 17, 2016

Dr. Cindy L. Campbell-Eason, an equine veterinarian and practice owner, was found beaten to death April 29 in her Burlington, Colorado, home. She was 50.

Police arrested two men shortly after the murder. One of them, Dylan Eason, is the veterinarian’s 19-year-old stepson. He and Isaiah Churchwell, 24, are charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery, and theft, and are being held without bond while awaiting trial.

Dr. Eason’s husband Jon told area news media his son and Churchwell were stealing to pay for their drug habit. “As far as I’m concerned, I don’t have a son anymore. I think the two should face the death penalty,” Eason is reported to have said.

The couple was married almost four years. Dr. Eason is survived by two daughters from a previous marriage (see obituary).

Dr. Eason was born in Topeka, Kansas, and was a 1990 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced in Kansas at Red Oak Animal Hospital in Bucyrus, Bonner Springs Animal Care Center in Bonner Springs, and Republican Valley Veterinary Clinic in St. Francis. Dr. Eason also owned a mixed animal practice with her husband in Burlington.