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A Washington Firefighter Called 911 to Report His Wife’s Seizure. Months Later, He Was Accused of Her Murder.

Firefighter Accused of Wife's Murder After Calling It In as a Seizure
Source: Camas-Washougal Fire Department; Mega

Kevin West was arrested in connection with the death of his wife in January, authorities said.

Mar. 27 2024, Published 12:02 p.m. ET

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A firefighter in Washington called 911 to report his wife was suffering a seizure. Now, police say he has been arrested and charged with her murder.

In the early morning hours of January 8, Kevin West, 49, reportedly called 911 and stated his wife, 48-year-old Marcelle “Marcy” West, was having a seizure, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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Within minutes, he told the dispatcher that she had stopped breathing and he was initiating CPR, authorities said.

Around 4:30 a.m., officers from the Washougal Police and medics from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, where West was a battalion chief, arrived and attempted life-saving measures, officials said.

They were unsuccessful and Marcy West was pronounced dead at 5:11 a.m.

An investigation was launched and soon after, friends and family voiced concerns to authorities about the couple’s relationship and their suspicion Marcy West did not die naturally.

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After an autopsy determined their was trauma to Marcy West's neck, Washougal Police handed the investigation over to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to avoid a possible conflict of interest.

During the sheriff's office's investigation, detectives said they learned the couple was having marital and financial problems.

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They compared interviews with Kevin West and the evidence found at the house and details found on both his and his wife's cell phones. Detectives determined Kevin West gave contradictory statements to authorities.

On March 20, the medical examiner ruled that Marcy died from asphyxia with blunt trauma to the neck and the manner was homicide.

On March 22, West was arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of his wife.

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