Alleged Days Inn shooter won't face murder charges

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 8:01 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A wanted felon was arrested Saturday afternoon with the help from an anonymous tip and a Spokane County Sheriff’s K-9.

Police said that Kevin Heaton, 36, was heavy into drugs and that is what is behind most of his trouble. Detectives said they believe Heaton was responsible in the 2012 murder of Paul Haney. They said they think Heaton shot Haney in the back in the Days Inn parking lot and wanted to pursue charges of second degree murder.

Detectives submitted their recommendation to prosecutors six days after the alleged shooting. Heaton went on the run and was picked up by U.S. Marshalls in October. He was booked in jail but released two months later. Prosecutors finally decided the request for a second degree murder charge won't be granted.

Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies got a tip that Heaton, who had felony warrants for his arrest, might be in a room at the Roadway Inn on the 6300 block of East Broadway.

Deputies went to the location and found Heaton was there but he refused to surrender. Deputies waited for Sheriff’s deputies to arrive with K-9 Ekko to go inside the room because there were two pit bulls inside and they were unsure if Heaton was armed.

When the K-9 arrived, deputies announced they would send the dog after Heaton is he didn’t surrender. Shortly after the announcement, a woman and Heaton exited the room.

Heaton was transported to the Spokane County Jail for felony warrants of possession of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.

 

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