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Search warrants were released after a weekend Caldwell County homicide.
STORY: 2 accused in Caldwell Co. homicide deny involvement
The victim’s mother told Channel 9 her son was dating the woman now charged with murder.
“He was such a loving and caring person. And he just made some bad decisions,” said Denise Redick.
Channel 9 learned from court documents deputies believe Marcus Devlin was most likely beaten to death. Deputies not only searched his home but also the home of one of the suspects while also seeking cellphone records.
Nathan Valasquez and Shea Fullard are both charged with murder in the case.
Deputies said the two were involved in a relationship, but family members said Fullard was also seeing Devlin. Redick said the two were together the night before the murder.
“He said, ‘Momma, I got a date with Shea tonight. She’s coming over, and I bought her some shoes.’ He said ‘I think she is really nice.’ He also said, ‘Momma, I want to come home. I want to make something my son can be proud of,’” Redick said.
Deputies are not talking about a possible relationship or possible motive in the case, leaving Redick with more questions than answers.
Both Valasquez and Fullard have denied involvement in the crime. They will appear before a judge next month facing the murder charge.
A dog who was hit by a car, struck on the head with a hammer and buried in a field, showed up four days later at a nearby farm in Moses Lake, Washington.
The dog (now 'Theia') received care at Washington State University's Teaching Hospital following the incident.
It is believed that someone attempted a 'mercy killing' using a blunt item, similar to a hammer, after being hit by a car.
The 1-year-old bully breed mix, has been winning supporters including those at Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. WSU writes that despite a dislocated jaw, leg injuries and a caved-in sinus cavity, Theia vigorously thumps her tail and plants kisses on people’s cheeks.
“Considering everything that she’s been through, she’s incredibly gentle and loving,” said Moses Lake resident Sara Mellado, who took the dog into her home. “She’s a true miracle dog and she deserves a good life.”
The veterinary hospital’s Good Samaritan Fund committee awarded $700 to help pay for Theia’s treatment. Read about Theia's surgery here.
Researchers at WSU say it takes a village to resurrect a dog, especially a stray. Mellado is trying to raise $3,000 for the procedure on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe here.
A homebuilder husband and wife are facing criminal charges. People say the pair took hundreds of thousands of dollars, but never finished the homes they had promised to build.
Kimberly Bridges choked back tears in court Tuesday as she described how Robert Kuhlkin and Sherry Kuhlkin, of Kuhlkin Builders, took her money and left her with an unfinished lake house and angry subcontractors demanding to be paid.
"To this day, I don't feel safe in my own home," Bridges told the judge.
Two other people told investigators similar stories.
One told reporter Jason Stookgenke by phone he was still too scared to draw attention to himself.
The three families say the couple cheated them out of $660,000.
It was hard to make out the Kuhlkins’ words in court. The judge released them on their own recognizance, but with the condition they can't be contractors while they fight their criminal charges.