September 28, 2009 in City

Second victim ID’d in double homicide

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Merle Harvey
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The second victim in Saturday’s double homicide has been identified as Jacob J. Potter, 45.

Potter and Jack T. Lamere, 41, died after a man shot them following a dispute over a Chevy Blazer Lamere was working on behind the building, neighbors said.

Mark H. Toner, 33, is in Spokane County Jail on charges of rendering criminal assistance and witness intimidation after being captured without incident at a Motel 6 on the Sunset Highway.

The man he’s accused of helping, Merle W. Harvey, 27, remains at large.

Police think Toner asked a woman to help hide Harvey. When she refused and called police, he threatened her, said police spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe.

The shooting occurred near Boone Avenue and Adams Street. Police were called to an apartment at 1310 W. Boone Ave about 9:30 p.m., where Lamere was living with his girlfriend.

Police identified Harvey as the shooter. Also wanted in connection with the shooting is Diane L Richardson, 33.

The two may be using an older-model flatbed truck, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.


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