April 26, 1996 in City

Teen Charged With Killing Foster Mom

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

A 14-year-old runaway with a criminal record is charged in the shooting death of his former foster mother, an intensive care nursing manager formerly of Spokane.

Alan A. Watkins was arrested Wednesday in the southern Oregon town of Sutherlin as he tried to break into a Ford Explorer that was stolen from Denise Barigar, 48, police said. The keys were locked inside.

Barigar and her husband, Steve Trapp, took Watkins into their Corvallis home in August 1994. He stayed there about 10 months.

Barigar and Trapp were married in Spokane in 1977 and lived here until about 1991, when Barigar took a job at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.

Barigar graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1980 and received her master’s degree from Washington State University nearly eight years later, said Catherine Trapp, Barigar’s stepdaughter.

The victim worked as a nurse at Deaconess Medical Center for nearly 10 years and attended the Harvest Christian Fellowship Church.

Steve Trapp spent nearly 20 years as a teacher for Spokane School District 81. He taught at Ridgeview Elementary School until the couple moved to Oregon, his daughter said.

On Tuesday night, Steve Trapp found his wife shot to death in the kitchen. She had left her job at Good Samaritan just 90 minutes earlier.

Watkins was charged with murder, burglary, two counts of theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: FUNERAL SERVICES Graveside services for Denise Barigar will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Pines Cemetery, 1402 S. Pines Road.

This sidebar appeared with the story: FUNERAL SERVICES Graveside services for Denise Barigar will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Pines Cemetery, 1402 S. Pines Road.


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