First of all I was not suggesting that the "Murder Weapon" is what Jeapes spotted in the window. I was putting forward a theory that two rifles were used. One being left by the window while the other remain on Shelia
1) The only other rifle at the house was a pellet gun. None of the victims suffered any pellet wounds so even if the pellet gun had been sitting in the boxroom window it was unrelated to the murders.
2) All 25 casings were tied to the Anschutz to the exclusion of other weapons. The defense expert was free to examine them and failed to contest the assessment.
3) All the wounds were made by 22LR bullets, a large fragment was recovered from every bullet except 1 that killed Nicholas. Most of them were conclusively tied to the Anschutz, the ones too damaged still were tied by the casing as well as the fact there were no other 22LR rifles at the scene. The defense experts were free to examine the bullets and did not contest they were all fired by the Anschutz.
The medical evidence and ballistic evidence determines whether more than one weapon was used not the fact other weapons were at the scene. If the medical and ballistic evidence showed the air rifle or shotguns at the scene were also used then that would be one thing but they do not.
There is an eyewitness account by the police of a damaged rifle being found in the kitchen with red paint on the barrel (see transcipts of Davidson COLP interview)
I already pointed out you are wrong about this. He didn't say anything about witnessing a gun downstairs with paint on the barrel. He though that they found red paint on the shotgun found downstairs that they seized. They sized one of the shotguns not just the Anschutz. The shotgun and rifle were both fingerprinted. He overheard them say red paint was on a weapon and didn't know they meant on the moderator. He assumed they meant directly on a weapon and since he personally handled the Anschutz and knew it has no paint on it he assumed they meant on the shotgun collected downstairs.
Where does it say he personally witnessed red paint on a barrel of a weapon found downstairs?
He is giving them his erroneous recollection of things, his erroneous recollection was they told him red paint was found on the barrel of the weapon they collected downstairs. He then erroneously told the that he was there when the paint samples were taken by saying Cook turned them over to him at the scene where he logged them in. COLP then provided him with his pocketbook showing he was off duty at the time and not with them and the other documents he filled out subsequently were shown. He wound up admitting he screwed up he was handed the samples at a later time and at this later time filled out the paperwork. It was 6 years late rhis memory was foggy he handled a lot of cases in between.
On august 7th Jeremy told police there was an Anshutz semi auto and a another .22 rifle (possibly bolt action) inside the house. AP kept his Bruno .22 bolt action on the farm. But denies it was there during the murders however his accounts are very contradictory.
I consider two rifle theory a possibility I am not saying its a fact. If you think I thought the rifle Jeapes spotted was the same one on Shelia and in the window? come on man I know you think I have half a brain but I am not that stupid.
Jeremy either lied to police or he was unaware that Anthony took his rifle with him. Anthony's rifle was not taken by the police because it wasn't at the scene. Nor did the family find his rifle because it wasn't there, he took it with him. Whether Jeapes actually saw something or not matters not because all 25 shots were from the Anschutz. The only weapons there in any event aside from the Anschutz was the air rifle and several shotguns. no one has ever explained where the air rifle was but it makes little difference since no one was shot with a pellet.