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Third arrested in pregnant woman's murder, fourth suspect sought

Lacy Hirst-Pavek (arrested) Lacy Hirst-Pavek (arrested)
David Richards (being sought) David Richards (being sought)
Tansy Fae Mathis (arrested) Tansy Fae Mathis (arrested)
Brent Phillips (arrested) Brent Phillips (arrested)
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Police have made a third arrest in the death of 25-year-old Michelle Kitterman, a woman police say was beaten, stabbed and left to die in a driveway along Stalder Road in Tonasket.

Tuesday, Okanogan County Detectives arrested Lacey K. Hirst-Pavek, 33 of Tonasket, at her parents house for her role in Kitterman's death. Hirst-Pavek has been a person of interest from the beginning but police say it took time to put the case together. Tansy Fae Mathis, 29, has already been taken into custody for her alleged role in the murder.

Police say it appears that Hirst-Pavek's husband was having an affair with Kitterman, who was pregnant. When Hirst-Pavek found out, she began making comments that she wanted Kitterman dead and talked with others about having Kitterman beaten up.

Police say Hirst-Pavek contacted Mathis and over several meetings, they came to an agreement for Mathis to kill Kitterman for $500.

On the Thursday before the murder Hirst-Pavek rented a car and gave it to Mathis to use. Police say this was the vehicle used during the murder and later seized by Detectives for processing.

After the murder, Mathis and others cleaned the car out and then Hirst-Pavek returned it.

Tuesday, police also released an arrest warrant for a fourth suspect, David Richards, 33. The investigation initially led Detectives to Tansy Mathis and 38-year-old Brent Phillips, who were both arrested last week for murder. As the investigation continued over the weekend and into this week more statements and evidence led to an additional suspect, Richards.

Richards had been contacted earlier during the investigation by Detectives but said that an ice pick he owned had been stolen by Phillips and was used in the murder of Kitterman but denied any involvement.  The investigation now shows that along with Mathis and Phillips, Richards was also present at the scene that night and was in fact involved in the stabbing of Kitterman with the ice pick.

Richards is still being sought by police and officers believe he could be on the run in the Spokane area.

The investigation is ongoing and will continue for several more weeks, with possible additional arrests involving people who aided in the destruction of evidence or attempted to assist the suspects after the murder.

Mathis and Phillips are currently being held on one million dollar bail.

 

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