Gun used in Spokane murder previously belonged to Spokane Police

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by KREM.com & Hayley Guenthner

KREM.com

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

SPOKANE – New documents reveal that the gun used the Heather Cassel murder used to belong to Spokane Police.

Police say Cassel was abducted by Gary Stoddard in March 2013.  Detectives say Stoddard used metal handcuffs and forced Cassel into a car.  Records indicate that at one point she was able to free herself, but that Stoddard caught up with her.  Spokane Police say Stoddard shot and killed Cassel at an apartment complex near Spokane Falls Community College.

Detectives say they found Stoddard with the murder weapon, and it is a weapon that used to belong to them.  KREM 2 News learned that the gun had been taken out of service by the department and sold legally in 1994.  But how it got into the hands of a convicted felon, Gary Stoddard, remains under investigation.

Court documents also show Cassel may not be Stoddard’s only murder victim.  The documents show that Stoddard told a fellow inmate at the Spokane County Jail, “she got what she had coming to her just like the rest of them.”

Gary Stoddard is scheduled to go on trial for Heather Cassel’s murder in the spring of 2014.

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