EVERETT, Wash. – A man was convicted Wednesday of killing his former neighbor and hide his body in the woods northeast of Seattle, after one of them told authorities he was on his haunches at the house he sold after a devastating landslide.
A jury found John Reed, 55, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Patrick Shunn, 45, and the second-degree murder in the death of Monique Patenaude, 46, and the Daily Herald reported . He faces life in prison.
Prosecutors said Reed killed Patenaude and then fatally shot Shunn few hours later when he came home on April 11, 2016, in the vicinity of Oso, a small community that is on the site of the nation’s worst landslide in 2014.
Reed was a continuous struggle with the couple and threatened to shoot after they cut brush next to his house in 2013, according to the prosecutors. Delegates described Reed as an aggressive neighbor.
After the landslide, Reed sold his property to the province under a flood-mitigation program. A few weeks before Patenaude was killed, she reported that Reed illegal to crack, according to charging documents.
Reed testified last week that he shot Patenaude and Shunn in self-defense after the pair confronted him at his former home. He claimed that he “panicked” and had his brother Tony Reed, to help him bury some bodies and stash the couple’s vehicles.
The brothers fled to Mexico after the slaying. The mexican authorities arrested John Reed more than two months later.
Tony Reed has already turned himself in and led detectives to the couple’s tomb. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison after pleading guilty to rendering criminal assistance.
Prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty against John Reed. He was also convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm, after a process that lasted more than two weeks, According to County Superior Court.
Information from: The Daily Herald http://www.heraldnet.com