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COLVILLE MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

KHQ.COM - Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen announced the arrest of 26-year-old Eric Lee Booth in connection with Sunday's murder in Colville of 63 year old Gordon Feist. Booth is charged with second degree murder and possession of a stolen firearm.  

Sheriff Allen said authorities found the murder weapon, a 22 magnum Darringer, at the scene. The Sheriff said the weapon used was stolen from a burglary in a different part of the county on June 28th. While investigating the burglary on the 28th, authorities were led to a gun safe across the street from the home of Eric Lee Booth.

Yesterday an officer from the Department of Corrections went to check on a different individual living in Booth's home, but Booth answered the door. Allen said the department knew, from evidence at the accident scene, that the suspect would have a laceration to the face. Booth had a laceration to his forehead and nose. When the Department of Corrections officer left the scene they called the Sheriffs Department who then went to Booth's home. After further investigation the Stevens County Sheriffs Department arrested 26 year old Booth.

Allen says he believes Booth went to the home of Gordon Feist to either rob or burglarize his property. When Booth arrived at the home, Allen says the 26 year old was most likely confronted by Feist. Allen says Booth knew Feist because he once did work on his property. Feist's home is about four miles outside of Colville. Because of their past relationship, Allen believes Booth may have tried to convince him that his car had run out of gas, so he needed a ride. The Sheriff said they found a gas can in the back of Feist's ATV on the road where he was killed.

Booth is being held on $750,000 bond, and his next arraignment date is set for August 2nd.

KHQ Local News reporter Alex Rozier contributed to this report

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