Victim, person of interest identified in fatal Days Inn shooting


by Hayley Guenthner &

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 15 at 7:32 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The public should be cautious of a potentially armed and dangerous man, who could be related to a fatal shooting near a Downtown Spokane hotel.

Police are calling Kevin Heaton of Spokane a person of interest in the murder of Paul Haney, 33. Heaton has an extensive local criminal history and remains at large.

Yakima Police and Washington State Patrol arrested two other people in Yakima Thursday afternoon in connection with the murder. Police believe Haley Ann Smith and Marc Marquis-Martinez were with Haney, a Yakima man, when he was killed in the shootout. Neither of the two suspects is believed to be the shooter.

Yakima Police arrested Smith on four Dept. of Corrections warrants.

Marquis-Martinez was arrested on one Dept. of Corrections warrant, theft, and possession of stolen property.

Detectives searched three rooms at the Days Inn after the homicide. They found weapons and methamphetamines, in addition to a gun, which was found about 15 feet from Haney’s body.

Police searched the vehicle Smith and Marquis-Martinez traveled to Yakima in from the hotel. Investigators believe evidence related to the murder is inside the car. KREM 2 News asked if that included a gun, but police were not ready to get into those details yet.
Haney was shot multiple times after hotel guests reported hearing a fight. Spokane Police got a search warrant for three rooms related to the case. Police call this murder drug related.

Anyone with more information about the homicide is asked to call Crimestoppers.

A red scooter was taken away from the hotel as evidence Thursday morning. Police were not at first able to say if this was related to the homicide, but they now report it was stolen by a criminal wanted for a separate crime. Officers were able to nab Jimmy Blackburn, 29, as they searched the hotel. They found him staying in a room involved with the homicide at the Days Inn. He was arrested on an unrelated Dept. of Corrections warrant.