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Stevens County murder suspect arrested

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30-year-old Morgan Beadle 30-year-old Morgan Beadle
STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. -

The Stevens County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested murder suspect Morgan Beadle. Beadle is accused of murdering a relative, 68-year-old Timothy Roberts last week at his home near Colville. 

The Sheriff's Office says a citizen recognized Beadle from his picture on the news at the Pierre Lake Campground and called authorities. Law enforcement quickly responded and took Beadle into custody. 

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A house fire was reported at a home about 8 miles north of Colville on April 15. The house was not located within any fire district so Stevens County Deputies and the Department of Natural Resources responded. Deputies say 30-year-old Morgan L. Beadle, a relative of the occupant of the home, 68-year-old Timothy Roberts, reported the fire. Roberts was not found inside the home. 

Beadle was later located driving Roberts' 2004 Silver Chevy Cavalier. He gave detectives a statement, but they did not have probable cause to hold him. 

Three days after the fire, Roberts' body was found a short distance away from the home. The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office determined his death to be a homicide and an arrest warrant was issued for Morgan Beadle for First Degree Murder. 

Beadle will most likely make his first appearance in a Stevens County courtroom on Friday. 

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