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Weapon identified in slaying of Deer Park man

Tests have confirmed that a gun found in Deer Park by a young boy on his way to catch the school bus was the weapon used to kill Harry Giesbrecht on Jan. 4, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy found the gun, which was loaded, alongside the road. An adult saw the boy toss it to the ground at the bus stop and picked it up. The Washington State Crime Lab confirmed that the gun, a bullet found inside Giesbrecht’s house and a shell casing found in the victim’s yard all match, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The suspect in the case, Richard Klepacki, 62, is being held in the Spokane County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond on a charge of first-degree murder.

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