Deadly throat slitting lands Spokane Valley transient in prison

Deadly throat slitting lands Spokane Valley transient in prison

Deadly throat slitting lands Spokane Valley transient in prison

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 3:33 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.—A judge sent a Spokane Valley man to prison for eight years for slitting another man’s throat. The judge sentenced Michael Bullock, 41, on Wednesday for the 2013 death of Donald Kuest.

The 46-year-old’s body was found floating in the Spokane River near Upriver Dam.
Deputies said Kuest, a transient, had his throat slit during a drunken dispute in a Spokane Valley homeless camp.

Detectives believed Kuest was robbed and murdered near Sullivan Park and dumped in the river in that same area. 

Bullock told KREM 2 News that James Bonham killed Kuest. However, both men are pointing fingers at each other for the murder and detectives believe both men actively participated.

“The murder I didn't commit. I was just there” stated Bullock during a jailhouse interview in May 2014. 

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He claimed that Bonham beat Kuest to death and threw the body in the Spokane River.

Yet, detectives said both men ganged up on Kuest, beat him, and tossed him into the water.

Bullock said the suspect and victim hated each other from the first day they met. He told KREM 2 News that he wished he would have stepped in.

The investigation involved multiple search warrants of residences, phone bills and interviews of several other people not directly involved in the crimes.  Spokane County Major Crimes detectives were still investigating the case.

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