March 27, 2009 in City

Second suspect arrested in pregnant woman’s death

The Spokesman-Review
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Brent L. Phillips, 38, of Spokane, was arrested in Seattle on Thursday night in the killing of Michelle L. Kitterman, who was found March 1, 2009, in a driveway near Tonasket.
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A suspect in the homicide of a pregnant Okanogan County woman was arrested in Seattle on Thursday night after investigators learned he was being treated at a rehabilitation center.

Brent L. Phillips, 38, was taken into custody by Okanogan County deputies who traveled to Seattle late Thursday to make the arrest. They returned early today and booked Phillips into Okanogan County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, manslaughter and evidence tampering. He is accused in the beating and stabbing death of Michelle L. Kitterman, 25, whose body was found on a driveway on Stalder Road near Tonasket on March 1. An autopsy showed she suffered several stab wounds. Investigators say she was pregnant.

Detectives on Thursday also arrested Tansy Fae Mathis, 29, of Spokane, on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death and booked her into Okanogan County Jail. Phillips has a criminal record of assaults in Spokane.

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