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UPDATE: 2 Men Arrested Charged With Murder

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Don Jeffrey Kuest Don Jeffrey Kuest
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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE VALLEY POLICE DEPT: On March 5th, 2014, 35-year-old James Bonham and 41-year-old Michael Bullock were arrested for 1st Degree Murder and 1st Degree Robbery in the death of 47-year-old Don Kuest.

Spokane County Major Crimes Detective responded to a deceased body floating in the Spokane River, near Upriver Dam, on November 22nd, 2013. Through their investigation, and based on autopsy results, detectives determined the murder took place on November 11th, 2013. Detectives believe Kuest was robbed and murdered near Sullivan Park and dumped in the river in that same area.

This investigation has involved multiple search warrants of residences, phone bills and interviews of several other people not directly involved in the crimes. Bonham was arrested in Spokane Valley last night by a Spokane Valley Deputy while he was walking down the street. Bullock was arrested on Wednesday morning, March 12th, by an off-duty detective. Probable Cause Affidavits and Search Warrants should be available this afternoon.

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KHQ.COM - 35-year-old James C. Bonham and 41-year-old Michael R. Bullock were both arrested last night by detectives for the murder of 47-year-old Don Jeffrey Kuest. Both have been charged with 1st Degree Murder and 1st Degree Robbery.

Kuest was found on Nov. 22, 2013 in the Spokane River. The official cause of death: Drowning & Hypothermia.

The following is Kuest's obituary:

KUEST, Donald Jeffrey (Age 46) Passed away in Spokane, WA., November 22, 2013. He was born Feb. 1, 1967 in Pocatello, ID to Harley Gene and Janet Lee Kuest. Don was an avid outdoors- man who loved hunting and fishing and being in the outdoors in general. He really enjoyed catching steelhead and sturgeon on the Clearwater and Snake rivers and bow hunting the drainages of North Idaho for elk.

He graduated from North Central High School in 1985 and shortly thereafter moved to Lewiston, ID to accept a management position for an up and coming business. Being in Lewiston allowed him to further his career and live in an area where he could really take advantage of the wonderful hunting and fishing that area is known for.

While in Lewiston, Don found another passion, that was law enforcement. He dedicated himself to the Asotin County Reserve Deputies program and completed it to become an Asotin County Reserve Deputy for four years. He also joined the Asotin County Sheriff's Posse and assisted with search and rescue and other community projects as called upon to do so.

A Memorial Service was held at 2PM Friday December 6, 2013 at Heritage Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The House of Charity or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/spokesman/obituary.aspx?pid=168329627#sthash.B2tB6jy7.dpuf


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