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Post falls man charged with second-degree murder

UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 8:05 p.m.

Larry B. Penkunis (Coeur d’Alene Police)
Larry B. Penkunis (Coeur d’Alene Police)

A Post Falls man was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder, failure to notify authorities of a death and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Larry B. Penkunis, 35, is accused of committing the crimes on Sept. 25, 2016, according to court records. He was arrested Tuesday at a Coeur d’Alene church and made his first court appearance Wednesday.

His bail was set at $250,000.

Details of the charges were sealed by a judge Thursday, but a separate case file from the same 2016 date accuses Penkunis of possession of meth with intent to deliver.

In that case, Michaela Morton, 19, was reportedly in possession of a backpack that belonged to Penkunis, which records say contained 7.8 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, glass pipe, syringes and pills.

Morton, who admitted to police Sept. 24, 2016, that she had ingested meth, was found dead at her Coeur d’Alene residence two days later, according to a police report. Morton died of an apparent drug overdose, family members say.

Penkunis was arrested the same day on drug charges, but soon after released from jail.

According to court minutes, Kootenai County Sherrif’s Sgt. Eric Hildebrandt said he was contacted that day about a suspicious death investigation.

Penkunis’ past criminal charges include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, DUI and felony arson.


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