CHENEY, Wash. - The man accused of abducting a Cheney man faced a judge for the first time Monday. It was during that appearance that prosecutors said Donovan Culps already admitted to killing Cameron Smith.
The judge set Culps' bail at $1 million, despite the defense attorney's request to lower it.
Culps was arrested last week in Goldendale after fleeing the Spokane area. Later in the week, on Friday, Smith's body was discovered.
According to court documents, Culps is charged with assault, kidnapping and robbery.
Cheney Police Captain Rick Beghtol told Kxly4 that the charges will likely be amended now that Smith's body has been found. Beghtol said when the original charges were filed, police were still searching for Smith.
In court Monday, the state prosecutor revealed that last week, Culps admitted he killed Smith.
Despite the admission, the defense attorney requested bond be set near $500,000. Judge Richard Leland denied that request and kept bond at $1 million.
During the appearance, the state prosecutor pointed to Culps' past criminal activity. Court documents detail that he has been previously convicted of two felonies and misdemeanors and is categorized as a violent offender.
Culps' next court appearance has not yet been scheduled.
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