Murder Suspect Confesses; Claims Victim Molested Him - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

KHQ EXCLUSIVE: Murder Suspect Confesses; Claims Victim Molested Him

(27-year-old Ryan D. Corkery) (27-year-old Ryan D. Corkery)

SPOKANE, Wash. – The man accused of killing a Spokane man and setting his home on fire confessed to the killing on Thursday alleging he snapped because the victim molested him and his brother years ago.

27-year-old Ryan Corkery said he killed William Hanel after Hanel confessed to molesting Corkery and his younger brother.

"I want to make sure the media's got it real clear- I didn't just go out and kill somebody for no reason," Corkery said in a jailhouse interview with KHQ Local News reporter Anthony Gomes.

The body of William Hanel was found Tuesday by fire fighters responding to a reported fire near Hangman Valley Golf Course. Hanel was found dead inside, his body was doused in gasoline, according to court documents obtained Thursday.

Corkery said he used an electrical cord to strangle Hanel over the weekend. He returned to the home several days later and set fire to Hanel's home, according to court documents.

Corkery said he was molested by Hanel approximately 15 years ago at a lake house in Idaho. Corkery said Hanel recently confessed to molesting other people, including Corkery's younger brother.

"I'm sitting in this place every day in tears, it kills me," Corkery said from jail. "Am I sad that he (Hanel) is dead? Honestly, no. I hope that it gives my brother closure. I know it's going to give me closure."

Corkery went before a Spokane County judge on Thursday on allegations of murder and arson. Corkery is scheduled for arraignment on October 26.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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