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A Washington Woman Died in a Suspected Staged Burglary. Now, Her Husband Is Accused of Murder for Hire.

Wash. Woman Killed, Cops Say Husband Suspect in Murder-for-Hire Scheme
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Woman found dead inside her home, now police say husband may have hired someone to kill her.

Mar. 30 2024, Published 12:04 p.m. ET

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Two men are in custody after police say a man allegedly asked his friend to help him kill his wife and stage it as a burglary in their Washington home.

Around 7 p.m. on March 23, deputies responded to a report of a female shot inside a residence in Hockinson, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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Once at the residence, officials found a woman, later identified as 60-year-old Lindy Rummell, dead with apparent gunshot wounds. Officials learned the woman was initially found by her husband and two friends.

The sheriff’s office asked for the public’s assistance in locating a 2001 black Ford F-150, which had reportedly been stolen from the scene.

According to authorities, officials were able to recover the stolen Ford F-150 from a rural area in Benton County, Oregon.

Police said the vehicle had been damaged by a fire that was likely “intentionally set” to dispose of any evidence in Rummell’s murder.

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Officials announced that police in Eugene, Oregon, arrested 55-year-old Darrell Riley in connection with Lindy Rummel's murder.

Riley was being held in Oregon on a temporary felony warrant for first-degree murder and was expected to be extradited to Washington.


Investigators determined that the victim’s husband, James Rummell, allegedly drove his friend, Riley, from Oregon back to Clark County before his wife’s fatal shooting.

Police claimed Rummell may have solicited Riley to stage what appeared to be an interrupted burglary to commit the murder.

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A second search warrant was conducted at James Rummell’s home and he was arrested and charged with making false statements to a public servant, authorities said.

Deputies said he is considered a suspect in his wife’s death, and additional charges are possible. The investigation is ongoing.


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