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Victims in Lewiston double homicide identified as suspect’s ex-wife and daughter

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 9:08 p.m.

Lewiston double-homicide suspect Richard Carlin
Lewiston double-homicide suspect Richard Carlin

Richard Carlin was arrested in Oregon on Tuesday on suspicion of killing of his ex-wife and daughter in Lewiston earlier in the day, according to Lewiston Police.

Raetta Carlin, 72, and 50-year-old Michelle Carlin died of “blunt force trauma and strangulation,” police said. The women’s bodies and a wounded Jonathan Spaeth, Michelle’s 20-year-old son, were found around 5 a.m. at the 600 block of Preston Avenue.

Richard Carlin, 73, fled the scene, police said, but was arrested in Stanfield, Oregon after authorities pinged his cell phone. Spaeth, who was stabbed in the back, was sent to St. Joseph’s Regional Hospital and has since been released.

Carlin, a registerred sex offender, is currently in Umatilla County jail awaiting extradition back to Lewiston, police said. He was arrested on two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. He’s being held on $1 millon bond.

This isn’t the first time Carlin has been accused of using a knife in a criminal act.

In 2003, according to court records, Carlin was accused of putting a knife up to a 12-year-old girl’s throat he as he molested her. He was sentenced to 10 years for child sexual abuse.


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