Docs: Cheney pot shop murder suspect apparently made Facebook confession

SPOKANE, Wash. –  A new search warrant filed in the investigation into the shooting death of a Cheney pot shop employee indicates the man suspected in the case may have made a Facebook status confession in the killing.

Donovan Culps is suspected of killing Cameron Smith, a pot shop employee at Lucid in Cheney in September. He is already facing charges for first degree murder and kidnapping among other things.

Two women are accused of helping Culps at the time of the incident, Alishia Jackson and Violetta Culps. Both are 18-years-old and Violetta Culps is the niece of Donovan Culps. The two women tied to the homicide may also soon face charges. According to court documents, police are investigating the two on suspicion of the pair “rendering criminal assistance in the first degree.”

In the warrant, investigators note Donavan Culps had made “some type of confession” on Facebook.

He wrote the following, according to court documents: 

“Ok this is my confession…Yes I did do it. The women that is being looked for had nothing to do with what I have done...I made them drove off in that truck with no choice. I am a person that will tell you just how it is. So they were scared to…I want everybody to know including the fbi I take full responsibility…he gone aint no coming back…I also know it is a shoot to kill warrant…Im ready.”

Investigators said they had a screen shot of the post but it was deleted, according to court documents.

Culps was found on Sept. 14 in the Goldendale, Washington area after a police chase.

He has a criminal record, according to court documents, including two felonies and misdemeanors.

The Cheney Police Department confirmed last month night detectives are looking into the possibility Culps is responsible for another unsolved murder, but could not elaborate. 

Donovan Culps is being held on $1 million bail.

© 2017 KREM-TV


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