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In brief: Not-guilty pleas in murder-for-hire

Sun., April 12, 2009

Three people have pleaded not guilty in the slaying of a pregnant Tonasket woman – a crime prosecutors allege was a murder-for-hire plot.

The beaten and stabbed body of 25-year-old Michelle Kitterman was found March 1 southwest of Tonasket.

Thirty-three-year-old Lacey K. Hirst-Pavek, of Tonasket, and two Spokane residents, 29-year-old Tansy F. Mathis and 38-year-old Brent L. Phillips, pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in Okanogan County Superior Court.

A fourth defendant, 33-year-old David E. Richards, of Spokane, has not yet entered a plea.

They also are charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Kitterman’s unborn child. Investigators allege Hirst-Pavek planned to pay $500 to have Kitterman attacked, because she was having an affair with Hirst-Pavek’s husband.

Roseburg, Ore.

Rodeo queen guilty of animal neglect

A judge sentenced former Sutherlin Stampede rodeo queen Jessica Attaway, 20, of Roseburg, Ore., to 160 hours of community service at an animal shelter after she pleaded no contest to animal neglect for starving her horses.

Attaway’s horses were near death, infested with lice and parasites, and locked in a barn overlooking a mowed field of grass.

From wire reports



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