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Slain Man Related To Deputy Coroner

A 22-year-old Rathdrum man stabbed to death by his girlfriend’s father Friday night in what investigators say was self defense is the grandson of Kootenai County Deputy Coroner and Democratic candidate for coroner Jody DeLuca Hissong. Brandon S. DeLuca initiated the fight with Scott A. Johnson, 47, during an argument with DeLuca’s 23-year-old girlfriend in a trailer they shared at the Prairie Schooner Estates, 2215 E. Highway 53 in Rathdrum, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.

Slain man is deputy coroner’s grandson

A 22-year-old Rathdrum man stabbed to death by his girlfriend’s father Friday night in what investigators say was self defense is the grandson of Kootenai County Deputy Coroner and Democratic candidate for coroner Jody DeLuca Hissong.

Brandon S. DeLuca initiated the fight with Scott A. Johnson, 47, during an argument with DeLuca’s 23-year-old girlfriend in a trailer they shared at the Prairie Schooner Estates, 2215 E. Highway 53 in Rathdrum, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.

An autopsy is being conducted today at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, which conducts criminal-related autopsies for Kootenai County, Major Ben Wolfinger said. Investigators will then forward the case to the prosecutor’s office for a charging decision.

Johnson has not been arrested.

“It’s looking a lot like it was self defense,” Wolfinger said.

DeLuca was arguing with his girlfriend when Johnson intervened and the two began brawling, Wolfinger said.

The fight prepared to break up, but DeLuca then lunged at Johnson, and Johnson stabbed DeLuca in the chest, investigators said.

DeLuca collapsed in a nearby trailer. Witnesses rendered first aid, but he was pronounced dead at Kootenai Medical Center. The initial 911 call came in at 7:55 p.m.

Coroner Hopefuls Fund Own Campaigns

The 4 Kootenai County coroner candidates are almost entirely funding their primary campaigns by personal loans. Demo Jody DeLuca Hissong has the most money on hand, after loaning herself $3000. Hissong is running unopposed for the Dem nomination. Douglas Stafford, Debbie Wilkey and Tom Cronin are seeking the Republican nomination:

  • Jody DeLuca Hissong has raised #615 and spent $231, for a balance of $3383. She has loaned her campaign $3000. She has received 2 contributions of $100 or more, including one from Todd Tondee for $150. Jody DeLuca Hissong report here.
  • Douglas Stafford has loaned himself and spent $2059. Douglas Stafford report here.
  • Debbie Wilkey’s report is hard to read. She seems to say that she has raised $1223 and spent $2971, and has a balance of $848 and outstanding debt of $209. There’s some in-kind money in the mix. I’ll let you figure it out yourself with her report here.
  • Tom Cronin has loaned his campaign and spent $948. Tom Cronin report here.