Two Women Die After Brutal Attack Officers Arrest Suspect In Valley Incident

Two of the three women attacked and beaten with a baseball bat in a Spokane Valley mobile home died Sunday.

Telisha Shaver, 22, died just after noon at Deaconess Medical Center. Jade Moore, 18, died after 6:30 p.m. at Deaconess, authorities said.

Both had struggled on life support since the early Saturday attack.

Venus Shaver, Telisha’s 19-year-old sister, was upgraded Sunday to stable condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Detectives arrested Dwayne A. Woods, 25, Sunday and planned to file one count of first-degree murder. More charges are pending.

Secret Witness, 327-5111, is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Woods, also known as Dwayne Hunter and Michael A. Smith, attempted to elude officers after they pulled over a red Toyota Tercel about 8 p.m. Sunday near Garnet and Market. The driver stepped out of the car, and Woods slipped behind the wheel and drove off.

The chase ended after a police officer used a patrol car to hit the Tercel near First and Washington. Woods was taken into custody.

Sheriff John Goldman said Woods was an acquaintance of one of the women. He added that Woods was convicted of assault in King County five years ago and has spent time in prison.

Last week, Telisha and Venus Shaver were watching their aunt’s home at 105 S. Coleman, along with Jade Moore.

On Saturday morning, a man tied and attacked Venus Shaver and Moore with a knife and baseball bat at the home, authorities said.

When Telisha Shaver returned about 10 a.m., she also was tied up and attacked.

During the bloodshed, neighbor Sam McMurtrey was using a chain saw on a plum tree knocked over by a recent storm.

His friend’s dog barked at the brown-and-white mobile home next door. McMurtrey turned off the chain saw and listened, hearing nothing. He faltered that way for minutes - turning the saw on and off, feeling strange, watching the dog bark and sniff the fence.

“I had a real creepy, icky feeling,” McMurtrey said Sunday afternoon. “Then I heard this woman yelling and screaming. I heard her yell ‘Call 911!”’

It was Telisha’s mother, who had just arrived at the home. She saw a man run out the door. He was described as an African American in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 6. Woods is black and stands about 5 feet 7, authorities said.

McMurtrey dialed 911 and handed the phone to the women’s mother. He ran next door, fearing the attacker was still in the home. He grabbed a bloodied baseball bat near the door with a shirt and walked inside. McMurtrey said he hasn’t been able to sleep since.

“You just get sick inside,” he said. “I was in such a depressed state, I went to church today to pray.”

Telisha Shaver returned to Spokane April 7 after spending the winter as a caddie in Palm Springs. She moved back home with her parents and her sister.

She planned to take Saturdays off from her sixth season as a caddie at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.

Everyone remembers Telisha Shaver’s smile, which made everything seem better when she caddied.

“She was one of the most outstanding people who ever worked for me,” said Bill Nye, director of guest services at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. “She was just always willing to help. She always had a nice smile. She was a great person.”

Devoted to her family, Telisha Shaver asked her boss at the golf course to consider Venus for a caddie job. The younger sister was hired.

“As they grew up, they danced everywhere,” said a neighbor of the sisters, her eyes filling with tears. “They danced when they mowed the lawn. They danced when they vacuumed. They’re good kids.”

Jade Moore and Venus Shaver graduated from West Valley High School last June. Telisha Shaver also graduated from West Valley.

“We’ve just been saying how unreal it is that somebody could have done something like this,” said West Valley counselor Helen Liberg. “The horror those girls must have gone through.”

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