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Jury finds Olympia man guilty of killing mother, daughter

UPDATED: Thu., April 21, 2022

Associated Press

Associated Press

OLYMPIA – An Olympia man was found guilty Wednesday in the March 2020 double homicide of a mother and 4-year-old daughter, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

On March 10, 2020, the bodies of 34-year-old Charlene Van Auken and her 4-year-old daughter, Zoey Peetz, were found in the 5700 block of Puget Beach Road Northeast, KIRO-TV reported.

Detectives called the deaths suspicious and said all signs at the time pointed to homicide.

The suspect, Nick Denham, was quickly identified by detectives, and he was arrested on March 12, 2020.

After two months of trial, a jury found Denham guilty on two counts of first-degree murder along with 10 other felony charges.

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