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Fourth suspect in Tonasket murder turns self in

David Richards David Richards
Tansy Fae Mathis Tansy Fae Mathis
Lacy Hirst-Pavek Lacy Hirst-Pavek
Brent Phillips Brent Phillips

SPOKANE, Wash. - The fourth suspect in the stabbing death of a pregnant woman in Tonasket turned himself in to Spokane Police Sunday evening. Police say 33-year-old David Richards was involved in the stabbing of 25-year-old Michelle Kitterman with an ice pick.

Already in custody in the case are Lacy Hirst-Pavek, Tansy Fae Mathis and Brent Phillips.

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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.

Kitterman was beaten, stabbed and left to die in a driveway along Stalder Road in Tonasket.

Richards had talked to detectives in the early parts of the investigation, but said an ice pick he owned had been stolen by Phillips and was used in the murder of Kitterman but denied any involvement.  During further investigation, police came to believe Richards was also present at the scene that night and was in fact involved in the stabbing of Kitterman with the ice pick.

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