Extra detectives assigned to open Spokane homicide cases


by Katie Utehs & KREM.com


Posted on July 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 19 at 5:21 PM

SPOKANE-- Spokane detectives say they're making headway on the Sharlotte McGill homicide, but still struggling on another outstanding homicide case.

McGill was stabbed to death on her morning walk in early may. Kala Williams’ badly decomposed body was found mid-may.

No suspects have been named in either case.

KREM 2's Katie Utehs spoke with the lieutenant for major crimes who explained what's holding up the cases.

Half of the major crimes detectives are working on the two homicides. They're getting plenty of tips but are really hoping for a break with DNA evidence.

Spokane major crimes detectives submitted clothing and other evidence from the Sharlotte McGill homicide to the state crime lab in Cheney.

As detectives wait on DNA results they've stayed busy in the two months since the fatal stabbing.

McGill was attacked as she walked her dog along the Spokane River. Some tips point to a random attacker, but detectives say other tips point to somebody that lives in the area.

Details of the McGill investigation remain sparse because detectives want it that way. A judge agreed to seal the search warrants.

Lieutenant Joe Walker says he's feeling confident about the McGill case, but less so on the Kala Williams homicide. "It seems to be even more difficult than Sharlotte's at least at this point and that's why we want to put more resources into it."

He’s now tasked three detectives with finding the person who killed Kala Williams. Her badly decomposed body was discovered near 14th and Milton in mid may.

Walker says detectives need more help in the William’s case. Initially they received a lot of information but recently the case has lost steam. Officials are hoping a tip, DNA, or the fresh look of two more detectives will lead to a break.