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UPDATE: $1Million Bail For Post Falls Man In Girlfriend's Death

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SUSPECT: Christopher Wayne Thompson and VICTIM: Deborah A. Willette SUSPECT: Christopher Wayne Thompson and VICTIM: Deborah A. Willette

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A 44-year-old Post Falls man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his live-in girlfriend.
    
Christopher Wayne Thompson was arrested Monday on suspicion of second-degree murder, but charge was amended before his initial court appearance on Tuesday. His bail was set at $1 million.
    
Post Falls police said the body of 57-year-old Deborah Willette was found in the apartment she shared with Thompson on Monday after Thompson told a relative that he had hurt his live-in girlfriend. The relative called police.
    
Prosecutors say Willette's throat was slit and she had numerous bruises on her body.

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UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as 44-year-old Christopher Wayne Thompson. Thompson made his first court appearance on Tuesday. The victim has been identified as 57-year-old Deborah A. Willette, a Post Falls resident. Willette and Thompson were living together at the time of the murder.

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UPDATE: On Tuesday morning around 5am, about 12 hours after police discovered the body of a woman, authorities arrived from a funeral home and removed her body from the apartment where police believed her boyfriend killed her. Police say the victim and suspect are in their 40's or 50's.

An autopsy was scheduled for the woman's body Tuesday morning.

Around 5pm Monday evening police received a call for a welfare check on the woman living in the apartment. The woman's boyfriend had called her parents and her parents called police afraid that something was wrong.

Police have not identified the victim or suspect. The woman's boyfriend was taken into custody.

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One person is in custody and police continue to investigate a possible homicide in Post Falls. 

It started just before 5:00 Monday evening when officers received a call for a welfare check on a woman living in the Treaty Rock Apartments near Seltice and Compton. 

That call came from the family of a man who was in a relationship with the woman living in the apartments.

When officers arrived they knocked, but did not get a response from inside the apartment so they were forced to break in. Once inside, officers found a woman dead on the floor. 

Investigators were immediately called and the apartment building was blocked off. 

Based on information they received, they believe the suspect was involved in some sort of altercation with the victim before taking off.  That suspect was located an hour later less than three miles away. He has not been identified, but was taken into custody without incident. 

Detectives are processing the scene and have asked for help from the Idaho State Crime Lab.

As soon as we get any additional information on this developing story, we will be sure to update you. 

Press Release From Post Falls Police Department: 

The Post Falls Police Department is on scene of a homicide in the area of Compton and Seltice Way in Post Falls.

At approximately 4:40 P.M., the Post Falls Police Department responded to the area of Compton and Seltice Way for a welfare check. A caller reported that they were concerned for the welfare of a female at the residence. Officers responded to the residence and were unable to get a response. Officers forced their way into the residence and found a female deceased on the floor.

The Police Department has a suspect in custody at this time. We will release additional information as it becomes available.

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