Published: Fri, June 03, 2016
USA | By Angel Wallace

Lawyer: Man charged in Washington pair's killing is innocent

Lawyer: Man charged in Washington pair's killing is innocent

On Tuesday detectives discovered the remains of two people they believe belong to Monique Patenaude and Patrick Shunn.

"They were together, buried about two feet underground", Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton told the Daily News.

Ireton said Tony Reed has been co-operating with detectives.

Detectives confirmed that information they received from Tony Reed, a suspect in the investigation, helped them find the bodies.

Since then, there have been several reported sightings of the two fugitives in Mexico, according to search-warrant records filed by sheriff's investigators in Snohomish County Superior Court.

He has been cooperating with detectives since turning himself in last week at the U.S. -Mexico border after a monthlong manhunt, Ireton said.

On May 21, he was booked into the Snohomish County jail on charges of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault, violation of a no-contact order and driving with a suspended license.

Police are still searching for Reed's brother, John. Authorities have said John Reed had been involved in a property dispute with the couple. A cause of death has yet to be determined by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner.

The two siblings are suspected of killing Patrick Shunn, 45, and Monique Patenaude, 46, a married couple reported missing on April 12 by friends in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, about 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Seattle. The couple was last seen alive April 11.

Surveillance video linked the Reed brothers to the dumping of the couple's cars over an embankment north of Seattle, authorities said.

He pleaded not guilty after turning himself in. He has been charged with helping his brother with the murder.

"My client is innocent of the first-degree murder charges", he said.

Asked why Reed surrendered to authorities, Matheson said, "He got exhausted of running, I guess".

After the slide, Reed voluntarily sold the land to the county for $245,700 under a flood-mitigation program, according to Kent Patton, spokesman for the Snohomish County executive.

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