A woman who admitted she was high on meth and told investigators she was Satan says she shot a man twice in the head because he “murdered her daughter.”
Ashley D. Myers, 30, was taken into custody Friday afternoon by Whitman County Sheriff’s deputies after witnesses reported the woman waving a gun and pointing it at an SUV parked on the side of Colfax Airport Road near state Highway 26, court records state.
Investigators found the body of 55-year-old Kenneth L. Allen of Coeur d’Alene seated in the driver’s seat of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe with Idaho license plates, slumped toward the passenger side. Deputies noted he had an obvious gunshot wound to his head.
Outside the vehicle deputies located a “substantial quantity of methamphetamine” and a loaded handgun, said Whitman County Sheriff Brett J. Myers, no relation to the suspect, in a news release. The firearm, a semi-automatic pistol, was in a dirt field near a glass pipe.
When interviewing Ashley Myers inside a patrol vehicle near the scene, Sgt. Michael Jordan of the sheriff’s office reported that the woman said she understood her Miranda rights but waived them because she was “above that.” Court records say Myers told Jordan she was Satan and when asked what happened to Allen, said “that guy was awful and murdered her daughter yesterday.”
Reached by phone Monday, Sheriff Myers said the woman’s claims were investigated, and deputies found her daughter was alive and staying with a relative.
“Her daughter is alive and well,” he said. “And not involved in this case.”
Ashley Myers admitted to shooting the man twice; once in the face and again in the top of his head, say court records. She further admitted to smoking meth earlier that day and shooting at the vehicle several more times.
The Tri-City Herald reported Monday the two were forced to leave a west Kennewick hotel room at about 11:45 a.m. Friday morning.
“The female’s behavior was strange and she admitted to being high on meth,” the newspaper reported, according to Kennewick police reports.
Myers saw a judge Monday afternoon in Whitman County Superior Court on a charge of second-degree murder. She was previously held on a $1 million bond.
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