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Woman held for murder in Colville killing

Colville and Stevens County law enforcement officials are investigating the apparent homicide of a 56-year-old man who was discovered dead Thursday in a Colville apartment.

Colville Police Department officers responded at 8:20 a.m. Thursday to a report of a dead man at 2072 ½ West Second St.

Police found 56-year-old David S. Barr dead with obvious signs of trauma to his head and neck, Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said.

“It appeared to law enforcement that he had suffered a violent death,” Rasmussen said. An autopsy is being conducted in Spokane.

Later Thursday, officers arrested 49-year-old Deena L. Bailey, who is Barr’s relative.

Rasmussen would not say how investigators believe Barr was killed.

Bailey appeared this morning before Stevens County District Court Judge Gina Tveit, who ordered Bailey held in jail on the charge of second-degree murder and a $1 million bond, Rasmussen said.

The case is being investigated by Colville Police with assistance from the Stevens County Sheriff and Washington State Patrol, Rasmussen said.



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