June 26, 2008 in City

Woman involved in dispute has criminal record

Thomas Clouse Staff writer
 

The woman whose boyfriend was killed in an altercation with a man she brought to their home has a lengthy criminal record, including convictions for prostitution, drugs and assault.

Eugenia Ann Reuter, 37, has not been charged in connection with the death of her boyfriend, Bill Morris, but she is facing 60 days in prison and drug and alcohol treatment for violating the conditions of her release stemming from a 2003 conviction, according to a state corrections official.

Reuter told Spokane police detectives she had been drinking before an altercation early Monday between Morris and the man she met Sunday afternoon at a garage sale.

Drinking was “a violation of her court order under her conviction for first-degree theft in 2003,” said Nanette DeGeorgio, community corrections supervisor for the state Department of Corrections.

Meanwhile, detectives have not filed charges or identified the man Reuter met Sunday at the sale. When she brought her new acquaintance home, it sparked an altercation with Morris, who worked the past 13 years as a custodian for the city.

A few months ago, Morris allowed Reuter to move in to his home at 5603 N. Cochran St. Neighbors said the couple fought almost daily.

After the Sunday afternoon incident, in which police were called, another confrontation ensued when Morris returned about midnight and found Reuter in his bed with the man from the garage sale, Sgt. Joe Peterson said.

During the second altercation, the unnamed man shot Morris in the head, police said. Both he and Reuter later told detectives that the shooting was an accident.

The man told detectives that he “had a gun and was hitting (Morris) over the head with it like a club, and it went off accidentally,” Peterson said. “Everything we are finding out sort of supports their story. The autopsy supports their version of the story.”

Detectives are expected to complete their investigation next week. It then will be up to a prosecutor to decide how to proceed, Peterson said.

Regardless, Reuter is facing more time behind bars, DeGeorgio said.

The arrest by the DOC is the latest of a long series of scrapes with the law for Reuter, who also goes by Gina Miller.

In the past eight years, Reuter has convictions for prostitution, assault, making false statements, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, domestic violence assault, hit-and-run, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, driving without a license, third-degree assault with sexual motivations and first-degree theft, according to court records. Reuter was transferred Wednesday from the Spokane County Jail to the Pine Lodge Correctional Center for Women in Medical Lake.

“The violation report has been completed,” DeGeorgio said. “And our recommendation is the maximum sanction, which is 60 days” in custody.

Reuter may also have to complete inpatient drug and alcohol treatment, DeGeorgio said.


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