Court docs: murdered woman feared roommate
SPOKANE, Wash — A Spokane woman whose body was found in a recycling facility had been placed in her home by Adult Protective Services; earlier this year, she told her case worker she feared the roommate now under arrest for her murder.
Stephanie Standen’s body was found on a sorting conveyor belt earlier this month. Detectives used pieces of mail found nearby to trace her back to an address near Roosevelt Elementary School.
When a Spokane Police detective confronted her roommate Eugene Jupp, he told them he hadn’t seen Standen in the home for weeks, but believed he heard her in the bedroom a few days before. Adult Protective Services had reported her missing.
Court documents say Jupp gave the detective permission to search the home, warning before they went into the basement that it “smells like something is dead downstairs.”
On April 6th, detectives obtained a search warrant for the home and found evidence of blood on the living room and kitchen floors. They also found blood on the recycling bin outside. The blood matched Standen’s DNA sample.
By April 18th, investigators were still searching for evidence in the case and searched Jupp’s cell phone. Court documents say he was receiving text messages referencing a room for rent he was advertising on Craigslist.
Detectives say the Craigslist ad listed a room for rent in that home, which included the text “Ladies only… sorry fellas.”
The search warrant also reveals that Standen was having trouble in the home and that Adult Protective Services was trying to find her a new place to live. Case workers describe her as mentally ill and “unkempt.”
According to court records, Standen had told APS that Jupp had threatened her life and the life of her dog. When that case worker came to the home on January 18th, the case worker said Standen “slid a note under her door, stating ‘the man living here has physically harmed me so we stay in our room.'”
At the time, Jupp told APS Standen was acting erratically and that he feared she would burn the house down.
Court records show another case worker was supposed to be finding a new home for her. On April 3rd, he went to the home and spoke to Standen through the door. He said Jupp was upset with APS for not getting her out of the house. When the case worker tried to contact Standen two days later, he was unable to reach her.
Detectives believe she was dead and in the recycling bin the morning of April 5th.
An autopsy revealed Standen died from blunt force trauma. She had injuries to her head and hands, including “contusions to her eyes and a broken jaw bone that were received prior to her death.”
Police issued a warrant for Jupp’s arrest Thursday. At 9:00 Thursday night, he walked into the Spokane Police Department and turned himself in.
Jupp faced a judge Friday afternoon where a judge set his bond at one million dollars.
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