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Hatch St. murder suspects in court

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Four men are in Spokane County Jail in connection with the murder of 33 year old Damien Stewart.

29 year old Ricky Cox, 34 year old Christopher Hall, 49 year old Richard Richardson and 24 year old Isaiah Freeman all face first degree murder charges. Each are being held on $1 million bond.

The suspects appeared in court Thursday through video conference.

According to court documents, the four men went to the victim's apartment near 5th and Hatch St. on Friday to get back an EBT card and drugs.

Those documents say when the men got inside, they attacked Damien Stewart, kicking, punching and choking him.

Police say Stewart was stabbed in the face several times and they found him with a footprint on his face.

Court documents say a butcher knife, chain and a speaker box were also used against stewart.

In interviews with police, some of the men told investigators that by the time they left, they believed Stewart was probably dead.

Police found Stewart dead on his kitchen floor on Sunday afternoon.

The medical examiner ruled Stewart's death a homicide by asphyxiation.

The suspects are scheduled to be back in court March 4, but may appear in court again before then if their cases are taken up in superior court.

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