A 28-year-old man from Longview recently received a 14-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to slashing a 50-year-old homeless man's throat with a knife on Sept. 2012. The defendant was arrested on the felony charge of second-degree murder.
Police information on the case from Sept. 2012 indicated that the 50-year-old transient man was living in his van. Officers found him in the blood-covered vehicle with serious injuries to the front of his neck, and they believed he was killed inside the van.
Two men told officers that the defendant confessed to the murder. Another man gave police information regarding the location of the body, which eventually led police to the crime scene. They found the defendant acting nervously at the scene, and they discovered the body.
After authorities obtained a search warrant for the suspect's residence, they located a blood-splattered knife hidden between his box spring and mattress, and they believe that it was the murder weapon. The two men had been arguing before the murder, but the subject of their disagreement is not clear.
When the defendant was taken into custody, he initially seemed to deny the charges brought against him in Cowlitz County Superior Court. The defendant has a prior felony record, and he spent five years in prison after he confessed to his involvement in a murder in 2000. In addition, he has convictions for hit and run and drug- and weapons-related crimes.
The defendant in this case received a 14-year prison term after being found guilty of the felony murder charge. A criminal defense attorney may have requested reduced charges for the defendant. People in Washington who are facing felony charges may benefit from the expertise of experienced criminal defense attorneys.
Source: Seattle Times, "Wash. man gets 14 years for murder," March 7, 2013
Source: The Daily News, "Homicide suspect's bail set at $1 million," Tony Lystra, Sept. 4, 2012