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Man Arrested In Death Of Stepfather

A 34-year-old Spokane man was arrested on a murder charge Tuesday, months after the fatal shooting of his stepfather.

Sheriff’s officials initially ruled the death an accident.

William Danley turned himself in to authorities shortly before 3 p.m. and was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a charge seconddegree murder.

Robert Harder, 66, was shot Dec. 18 at 36012 North River Estates Lane.

Deputies said Harder was sitting in a recliner when Danley returned from hunting with his rifle tucked under his arm.

Danley told deputies he started to put the rifle on a nearby table when it discharged. The bullet went through Harder’s left arm and lodged in his right side.

At the time, sheriff’s officials said no charges would be filed against Danley.

A warrant for his arrest, however, was issued Monday. Detective Jim Hanson was unavailable for comment.

Department spokesman Lt. David Wiyrick said he was unsure what evidence was presented to prosecutors to bring the murder charge.

Danley remained in jail late Wednesday with bail set at $100,000.