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  • Jury rejects false-confession claim, finds Stoddard guilty of murder

    A jury convicted Gary Stoddard on Wednesday of the 2013 kidnapping and murder of Heather Cassel. “We’re very happy with the verdict,” Cassel’s great-aunt, Donna Heinen, said outside the courtroom …

  • Gary Stoddard testifies at murder trial that he fabricated confession

    A Spokane man who confessed to shooting the handcuffed girlfriend of his nephew recanted his story before a jury Tuesday. Testifying in his murder trial, Gary Stoddard denied ever being …

  • Stoddard confessed to murder to protect nephew, attorney says

    A man whose murder trial started Wednesday claims that he falsely confessed to protect his nephew because he believed at the time that he had a terminal illness and wouldn’t …

  • Police hone homicide case

    Spokane police detectives are trying to determine where two homicide suspects were on March 11 when Heather Cassel was shot and killed as she fled across the lawn of an …

  • Murder suspect’s niece in court

    The family of a woman charged with first-degree assault believes their daughter is being targeted by prosecutors because she is the niece of a suspected killer. Rhyllie L. Stoddard, 20, …

  • Phone records sought in Cassel killing

    Spokane Police detectives have filed multiple new search warrants to try to recreate through phone records where two murder suspects were located when Heather Cassel was fatally shot on March …

  • Man, nephew face murder charges

    Handcuffed and terrified, 20-year-old Heather Cassel broke free from her abductor early Monday morning and ran toward an apartment complex screaming for help when bullets ended the chase. One bullet …



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