A FORMER soldier has been charged with murdering a couple as their young children slept upstairs.

Stephen Chapple, 36, and his wife Jennifer, 33, were found fatally injured at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, on Sunday night.

Ex-commando royal engineer Collin Reeves was arrested on suspicion of murderCollin Reeves, who served in Afghanistan, has been charged with the murders of a Somerset couple as their young sons slept upstairs

Stephen and Jennifer Chapple were found fatally injured following an alleged row over parking

The Chapples' sons, aged just five and six, were in their beds upstairs when their parents died.

Ex-Commando Collin Reeves, who served in Afghanistan, was arrested on suspicion of murder following the tragedy.

Cops announced today the 34-year-old, of Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, has now been charged.

He will appear in the dock at Taunton Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.

A social media snap of Reeves in uniform shows him wearing The Afghanistan Campaign medal and the Queen's diamond jubilee medal.

Another man, 67, believed to be his dad, has been released on bail.

Post-mortem examinations revealed both Mr and Mrs Chapple died of multiple stab injuries.


The couple's children are now being cared for by Mrs Chapple's sister at her home nearby.

Detective Inspector Neil Meade, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said tonight: ...Specialist officers are providing support to Jennifer and Stephen's families and our thoughts remain with them this evening.

...We've been keeping them fully updated on the progress of our investigation and they're aware of this latest development.

...It is undoubtedly an extremely difficult time for them and I'd ask their privacy is respected as they continue to come to terms with what has happened....

Heartbroken friends have paid tribute to Mrs Chapple, a garden centre worker and her husband, a computer teacher at a secondary school.

One pal said: ...Make time for your friends. Make that visit to see family. You just never know what could happen tomorrow....


While another wrote: ...Absolutely unbelievable. Cherish your friends and family you really don't know when it will be too late....

Floral tributes were also left at the scene today by devastated friends.

One message read: ...Jennifer you lit up the street with your smile.

...You and Steve have been such wonderful friends since you arrived in our lives.

...Such a kind and welcoming couple.

...You have left a void that will be felt across all those who knew you.

...Words cannot express how much we'll miss you both....

Another said: ...Jenni, chick I bloody miss you.

        It's utterly heartbreaking. I can't begin to imagine the impact on their two children

...Thank you for the laughter, joy and craziness you brought into my life.

...And thank-you for sharing your family....

It's alleged that the couple were embroiled in a row over parking on their estate before the double killing.

Cops confirmed they had previously been called to deal with rows, believed to be about parking issues.

The couple's deaths have been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct because of previous police contact.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Neil Meade said yesterday: “What happened to Stephen and Jennifer is utterly heartbreaking.

...I can’t begin to imagine the impact their deaths will have on their two children.

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“Family liaison officers are supporting both families and keeping them updated on the progress of our investigation.

“I appreciate there is significant interest in what happened and I’d ask people not to speculate and to think about the impact it may have on the families.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting reference number 5221274497.

A fundraising page for the children of Stephen and Jennifer had raised almost £5,000 last night.

SWNSPolice remain at the scene as investigations continue today '/ '

Jennifer Chapple was killed at home in SomersetMrs Chapple died from multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem has found

Teacher Stephen was also declared dead at the scenePathologists are continuing to investigate the cause of Mr Chapple's death