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Spokane Major Crimes detectives dealing with heavy caseload

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's been a very busy few weeks for the Spokane County Major Crimes Unit. They had two murders in less than three days. They are also the lead agency on the high profile murder trial of Roy Murry.

The workload has caused the agency to pull detectives from other parts of the department to help with Major Crimes cases.

"Something has to give, and that ends up being on the property crimes end," said SCSO Capt. John Nowles.

Nowles said Monday his Major Crimes Unit is overwhelmed. He said as much as they do not want to, they are forced to rearrange resources to cover the worst of the worst.

"Today, I may be forced to remove investigators from property crime investigations so they can investigate homicides," Nowles said. "What does that do to the person who's house was burglarized and then had $10,000 worth of their property stolen? Now they're going to be calling my property crime sergeant, and they have to tell them, 'I'm sorry, we don't have anybody to work your case today.'"

Nowles said the number of suspicious deaths they have been called to investigate has risen roughly 30 percent this year to date.

Department leaders said the Major Crimes Unit has not been expanded for several years, despite the number of cases they are called out to.

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