Arrest Made In Stevens County Homicide

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, the Stevens County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of 26-year-old Eric Lee Booth for the murder of 63-year-old Gordon Feist.

The Stevens County Sheriff says Booth may have worked for Feist at one point and was at his house in rural Stevens County Sunday to steal. The Sheriff lays out the rest of the story like this:

When Feist returned to the house and found Booth, the 26-year-old quickly concocted a story about his car running out of gas.

The two got on Feist’s UTV with a gas canister and Booth pointed him in the direct of his car. At that point, Booth panicked because the car didn’t exist, so he took out his gun and shot Feist twice in the head.

With Feist behind the wheel, the fatal gunshots caused the UTV to crash into a pole. Booth was injured in the crash but took off running and dropped the gun in a field of grass. A neighbor nearby heard the gunshots and called police.

Investigators recovered the gun in the grass field and discovered it had been reported stolen in a June 28th burglary.

On Wednesday, Department of Corrections officers were checking on a paroled inmate at a Colville home when Booth answered the door. The officers were immediately suspicious because they had been told to look out for a man with injuries consistent with the UTV crash.

They questioned him and left, but alerted the Stevens County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies found Booth at the home and, after brief questioning in which Booth was unable to explain his injuries, arrested him.

Booth made his first court appearance Thursday and is booked on Second Degree Murder Charges. His bail is set at $750,000.

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