She said when she entered her apartment, James Daukei was gone, and Ralph Reynolds was sleeping on the couch.
She went into the bathroom and saw a knife covered with blood in the sink and blood splattered everywhere, she said. Rosalin was missing.
“I went into a panic,” Erma Daukei said. “I went to my sister's apartment and to my friend's apartment, but she wasn't there. I starting pounding on everyone's door trying to find her.”
About 5 a.m., James Daukei was found lying next to Rosalin in the field, investigators said. He had a shovel, which he had used to dig a grave. Rosalin's body had at least four puncture or incise wounds, investigators said. The state medical examiner said she died from a stab wound to the chest but released no further autopsy details.
Ralph Reynolds told police he and another man, Frank Skinner, found Rosalin.
“Everything that has been written or told by the Daukeis has been fictitious,” said Mary Koons, who identified herself Tuesday as Ralph Reynolds' mother and Rosalin's grandmother.
Ralph Reynolds could not be reached for comment.
DHS removed children
The children looked at James as a big kid, Erma Daukei said.
“He would tell them he was going to teach them how to box or something like that,” she said.
After Rosalin's death, Erma Daukei's 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter were taken away by the state Department of Human Services.
Erma Daukei said it was because the slaying happened in the home.
She said she was told by police after Rosalin's slaying that Ralph was not allowed to be near her because of a restraining order.
Records show Erma Daukei filed a protective order in Custer County against Reynolds on April 29, 2008, claiming he tried to hit her. The court ruled the protective order is valid until May 6.
Cheyenne & Arapaho court records show Daukei filed for a divorce in August 2008, but the couple reconciled a year later.