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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Detectives from the Spokane Police Major Crimes Unit traveled to Anaheim, CA on Monday and arrested Brian Moore for first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder for the murder of Dale Stark.
Moore is the boyfriend of Shellye Stark, who was convicted by a Spokane jury last month for the murder of her husband back in 2007.
Sgt. Joe Peterson of the Spokane Police Department told KREM 2 News that Moore conspired with Shellye Stark to murder Dale to collect on the $400,000 life insurance policy that Shellye had taken out on Dale before the murder. Shellye was the beneficiary of the policy.
While Shellye was in jail, the insurance money was paid out to Shellye's son, Christopher, who has not been charged with any crime.
Peterson said police believe that Christopher was used as a front for the insurance money to be paid out because shortly after the payment was made, Shellye bought a $31,000 Pontiac Solstice sports car with a check at a Spokane dealership.
Police do not know if any of the life insurance money is left.
Spokane Police obtained a search warrant in Anaheim and when they showed up at Moore's house, Peterson said Moore was not surprised they were there.
Peterson said they found illegal guns, silencers and a large marijuana grow in a warehouse on the property.
Peterson said that Moore was planning to fight extradition, so it could be several weeks before Moore returns to Spokane.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, along with the Anaheim Police Department, are building their own federal case against Moore because of what was found in the house. Moore will face the Spokane murder charges first before the probable federal case starts.
Peterson said that Spokane Police detectives will remain in Anaheim for approximately one more week to talk with people who knew Moore down there to aid in their investigation.
Peterson added that while no one has explicitly told Shellye Stark in prison about Moore's arrest, he would not be surprised if her lawyer had let her know.