Kidnapping-murder suspect accuses uncle of killing

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 11:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Court documents showed one of the suspects involved in a murdering and kidnapping may be tied to other deaths. On Thursday, new court documents were filed shedding more light on those claims.

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Domingo Valdovinos Navarro appeared in court in early March for allegedly murdering David Whitman. However, he pointed the finger at his uncle Benito Baldovinos Mendoza as being the killer according to the newest court documents. 

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Valdovinos Navarro told detectives Baldovinos-Mendoza is directly linked to the Mexican Drug Cartel. Documents showed that Valdovinos Navarro suspected his uncle may have committed several other murders in Mattawa, Washington. He said the murders his uncle is allegedly involved in happened around 2004. 
 
Valdovinos Navarro told detective Corey Turman he has been kidnapped and tortured by his uncle in the past. According to the court documents, he claimed the attack on him happened when he walked in on his uncle severely beating someone.

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Court records stated Valdovinos Navarro claimed it was Baldovinos-Mendoza who shot and bound Whitman inside a home and in some woods near Long Lake. It was unclear if Whitman was still alive when they arrived to the rural spot. Valdovinos Navarro said he saw his uncle carry Whitman over his shoulder. Documents showed he told detectives he heard 'several shots' seconds later. Valdovinos Navarro also claimed his uncle retrieved a gas can and set the victim on fire. Valdovinos Navarro also alleges his uncle threatened him.
 
Officials said it is still uncertain who will prosecute the murder case, Stevens or Spokane County prosecutors, because crimes were possibly committed in both jurisdictions. Officials would not comment on whether or not anyone else might face charges for Whitman's murder.

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