March 7, 2011 in City

Police say man shot victim after molestion allegation

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A 26-year-old man who was shot in the head early Saturday has been identified as Shane Reilly.

Reilly is at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Court documents filed today say he is on life support and is not expected to survive.

Suspect Robert Dean Startin, 27, remains in jail on $750,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court today on a first-degree assault charge.

According to court documents, Startin told detectives he was walking home from the Ironhorse Saloon when he joined Reilly - whom he referred to as “the big guy” - and three others as they drank around a fire at 615 S. Woodruff.

Startin said someone told him “the big guy” was a child molester, which angered him because he had a relative who had been abused, detectives said in court documents.

Reilly’s name, however, does not appear on either Washington or Idaho sex offender registries.

Nonetheless, Startin told detectives he retrieved a .45 caliber pistol from his apartment, loaded it and returned to the group, where Reilly asked him if he wanted to go for a ride in his 1962 Chevy pickup, documents say. Startin said he shot Reilly as he drove, and the truck crashed into a trailer at Sixth Avenue and Sunderland Road.

Startin ran from the truck to his apartment at 601 S. Woodruff, where he went to sleep, then washed his clothes, including a hat promoting the Second Amendment, detectives wrote.

Detectives responded to a report of an injury accident at 3:48 a.m. and found Reilly without a pulse and bleeding heavily.

Startin was arrested about 10:15 a.m.

Three witnesses drinking with Reilly said the victim had commented that he thought he went to school with Startin when the suspect approached, according to court documents. Startin left and said he was going to get whiskey from his neighboring apartment but returned without the liquor and “told them his roommate drank it all,” documents say.

Detectives recovered the clothing, pistol, two boxes of ammunition from the apartment and also seized a shell casing from inside Reilly’s pickup.

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