Getting arrested is usually a frightening and intimidating experience for anyone. In Spokane, a person facing formal accusations of homicide can face a litany of intimidating factors, from the thought of a lengthy and complex trial to potential police misconduct and more. Regardless of the type of criminal charge, though, a Spokane criminal defense attorney can offer invaluable strategy and advice.
In one incident in the local area, a 60-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the discovery of a body in Deer Park on November 30. The woman's ex-boyfriend, a man the same age, had been reported as missing for about a week when his lifeless form was found beneath a tarp. According to the autopsy performed on the remains, the man had a gunshot wound and had likely been deceased for several days prior to being found.
The woman has now been arrested and faces the severe criminal charge of second-degree murder. Interestingly, court documents do not contain an admission of guilt from the defendant, although the woman reportedly admitted to moving the body of the deceased multiple times after he passed. In one of these instances, she purportedly rented an engine hoist and asked others to assist her. When one of the individuals noticed shoes near the tarp, authorities were called.
A criminal conviction on second-degree murder can change a Washington State resident's life forever. In addition to this charge, the woman in question was also booked on charges of unlawful disposal of human remains, making a false statement to law enforcement and failing to notify the coroner. It's important to find the right legal help to address a comprehensive set of charges in a potentially complex case.
Source: KXLY, "Woman charged with murder of ex-boyfriend," Alyssa Donovan, Dec. 1, 2016