Today, a former Army commando was accused of killing his neighbors at their house after an alleged parking dispute.

Collin Reeves (34) from Norton Fitzwarren (Taunton) appeared in Exeter Crown Court Friday by video link via HMP Exeter. He was accused of the murders Jennifer Chapple, 35, and Stephen Chapple 36.

On Sunday, the couple was found in Somerset with numerous stab wounds.

The couple’s children were five and six years old when the attack occurred, according to detectives.

Collin Reeves (pictured), from Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, appeared via video link at Exeter Crown Court on Friday charged with the killings of Jennifer, 33, and Stephen Chapple, 36

Collin Reeves (pictured), a Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton man, was seen via video link in Exeter Crown Court Friday, charged with murdering Jennifer, 33, as well as Stephen Chapple 36.

Stephen and Jennifer (pictured) were found with multiple stab wounds at a property in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, on Sunday night

Stephen and Jennifer (pictured), were discovered with numerous stab wounds in a property at Dragon Rise Norton Fitzwarren Somerset on Sunday night

Reeves (pictured in court sketch), a former soldier in the 24 Commando Royal Engineers, will next appear at Bristol Crown Court on December 23 for his plea and trial preparation hearing

Reeves, a former soldier with the 24 Commando Royal Engineers and will be appearing at Bristol Crown Court for his plea-and trial preparation hearing on December 23.

The dogs were reported to be ‘distressed but not hurt’ and they are being cared for by Jenny’s sister in a nearby home, according to neighbours. 

In preparation for a possible plea hearing, the court was informed that a psychiatrist with military-related expertise has been approached by the court.

No bail application was made and Reeves, a former soldier in the 24 Commando Royal Engineers, will next appear at Bristol Crown Court on December 23 for his plea and trial preparation hearing.

Reeves answered, “Yes, I have heard the details about the next hearing. Thank you.”

A woman shouted “love you Colin” from the gallery as the judge closed the hearing.

Although the trial could not be fixed at this time, it was expected that it would take place next April/May.

Detectives confirmed that the couple's two children, five and six, were in their upstairs bedrooms while the attack took place. Pictured: Scene in Dragon Rise

The couple’s children were five and six years old when the attack occurred. Detectives found that they had their upstairs bedroom. Pictured: Scene in Dragon Rise

Floral tributes left near the scene at Dragon Rise where Jennifer Chapple, 33, and her husband Stephen Chapple, 36, were found with stab wounds on Sunday night

Floral tributes left near the scene at Dragon Rise where Jennifer Chapple, 33, and her husband Stephen Chapple, 36, were found with stab wounds on Sunday night

A specialist psychiatrist with knowledge of traumatic stress from military service has been approached to compile a psychiatric report. Pictured: Scene at Dragon Rise, Somerset

To compile the psychiatric report, a specialist psychiatrist who has knowledge about traumatic stress in military service was approached. Pictured: Scene at Dragon Rise, Somerset

Avon and Somerset Police cautioned the public about speculations before the hearing in order to safeguard Reeves’ rights to a fair trial.

Major Crime Investigation Team detective Inspector Neil Meade said that Collin Reeves’ right to fair trials is being violated by criminal proceedings.

“It is vital that there be no online reporting, commenting or sharing information which might in any way prejudice the proceedings. 

The second suspect, age 67, was also arrested and taken into police custody. He was later released on Tuesday.

Avon and Somerset Police both confirmed that he is currently being investigated. 

According to the force, post-mortem investigations revealed that Ms Chapple (33-year-old) and her husband, 36-year old, died of multiple stab wounds.

The police stated that they would refer the Dragon Rise incident to the Police Watchdog because it was based on a prior police contact with those concerned.

In the past few days, many people who worked or knew the couple sent their condolences.

Gregg Mockridge is the West Somerset College Headteacher. Mr Chapple was there for a number of years. 

A second man, aged 67, was arrested on suspicion of the two murders and was released under investigation on Tuesday. Pictured: Aerial view of the scene in Dragon Rise, Somerset

On Tuesday, a second, aged 67-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of both murders. He was then released to investigators. Pictured: This is an aerial view from Dragon Rise, Somerset.

As the judge concluded the hearing, a woman could be heard shouting 'love you Colin' from the public gallery. Pictured: Scene in Dragon Rise, where police continue to investigate

A woman shouted ‘love You Colin’ as the judge closed the hearing. Image: Dragon Rise scene, police continuing their investigation

Photographs of Stephen and Jenny Chapple, floral tributes and candles have been left at the scene in Dragon Rise, Somerset

Photos of Stephen Chapple and Jenny Chapple as well as floral tributes, candles, and photographs have been left on the Dragon Rise scene, Somerset.

A trial was not fixed, but it is expected to take place in April or May next year. Pictured: Police officer stands at the cordoned off scene in Dragon Rise

The trial date was not set but is likely to be in April or May of next year. Pictured: An officer of the police stands in front of the scene that has been cordoned off at Dragon Rise 

“He was a leader in technology use across the school and within his own classroom teaching.

Staff and students alike will mourn Steve’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.

Rob Brooks was the Otter Garden Centre manager where Mrs Chapple worked at the coffee shop.

“All of us loved her. So did our customers. We are deeply saddened. She will be remembered as a kind, caring mother and colleague. It’s been a very difficult time for us and we feel very vulnerable.

Brooks claimed that Mrs Chapple has been at the centre’s garden centre since its inception.

He said, “Stephen and his children would occasionally come in and we got the chance to get to know them.” Their family was very close and loving.

Nearby residents of the Dragon Rise estate described it as peaceful, and one said that the victims were’very friendly.

“I saw them, I knew their names but not their actual names. They were very dear to me when my dog was a puppy.”