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Guilty plea in Grant Co. triple homicide

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — A 25-year-old man who pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder for a 2009 shooting in Mattawa faces more than 38 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 14 in in Ephrata.

 The Columbia Basin Herald reports Grant County prosecutors lowered the charges from first-degree murder in a plea deal with J. Guadalupe Martinez-Lopez.

He said he shot the men in retaliation for a rape.

Grant County Sheriff’s detectives think Martinez-Lopez used the same gun to rob a store of beer and money before sitting down with his girlfriend and two others for dinner before his arrest.

Past coverage: Dec. 17, 2009: Man told police he killed revenge

Woman sues under domestic violence law

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — An Eastern Washington woman has filed suit against her former employer, claiming the company failed to provide time off to deal with a domestic violence case and ultimately fired her.

Attorney Eric Gutierrez of Columbia Legal Services says this is the first case under the state’s 2008 Domestic Violence Leave Act. The law requires employers to give employees reasonable time off to attend court and ensure their family’s safety if they are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

The woman, who filed suit under the pseudonym “Jane Doe,” filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Grant Count Superior Court against Genie Industries Inc., which is based in Redmond but has a manufacturing facility in Moses Lake.

Company officials did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Mont. man arraigned in Grant Co. murder

(AP) A 29-year-old Montana man accused of fatally shooting a Grant County man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

David Emerson Nickels appeared in Grant County Superior Court on Tuesday and remains jailed on $5 million bail.

He was arrested in Helena last week and is accused of killing 35-year-old Sage Munro in Ephrata, Wash., on Dec. 29. Munro, who was dating Nickels’ ex-girlfriend, was found dead from a single gunshot to the chest. Nickels and the woman had been secretly still seeing each other.

Court records say Nickels told investigators and friends he was in Great Falls at the time of the slaying, but cell phone records showed his phone registered a call from a cell tower in Spokane about two hours after the shooting.

He was extradited to Washington on Thursday.

Past coverage:

June 26: Love triangle alleged in Grant Co. murder

Man told police he killed for revenge

A man accused of gunning down three people in a rural Eastern Washington town told police he was angry at the men for raping a friend, according to court documents filed today in Grant County Superior Court.

J. Guadalupe “Lupe” Martinez-Lopez, 24, is due in court today on three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Monday night shooting deaths of Pedro Rivera Sanchez, 21, and two men whose identities have not been released.

Police arrested him Tuesday at a Sunnyside restaurant shortly after a gunpoint robbery at a nearby convenience store.

Grant County Sheriff’s detectives think Martinez-Lopez used the same .45 semi-automatic pistol used in the murders about 45 miles away in Mattawa near the Columbia River to rob the store of beer and money before sitting down with his girlfriend and two others for dinner Tuesday night.

Read the rest of my story here.

Moses Lake man convicted in drug death

A Moses Lake man faces at least four years in prison after being convicted of controlled substance homicide.

A jury deliberated for about an hour Oct. 2 before finding Corey Christman, 30, guilty in the death of Ryan Leonard Mulder, 19, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.

Mulder, of Moses Lake, died on Sept. 10, 2008, three days after he took nine methadone pills given to him by Christman (right). Mulder took the pills at a party in less than two hours.

The Sheriff’s Office has investigated at least five methadone overdose deaths in the last two years, Undersheriff John Turley said.

Christman faces 51 months to 68 months in prison. He’s the first person in Grant County to be charged and tried for controlled substance homicide.

News archives show the charge has been filed at least a few times in Spokane County. Read about one case here.

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