Judge drops murder charge against woman accused of killing ex-boyfriend in Spokane Valley

Judge drops murder charge against woman accused of killing ex-boyfriend in Spokane Valley

The woman once accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in 2016 no longer faces murder charges.

According to court documents, a judge dropped the first-degree murder charge against 39-year-old Cristina Stiles in January after the State was unable to obtain the necessary evidence to move forward with a trial.

Stiles was accused of killing 34-year-old Clifford “Cory” Fowler in February 2016. She was arrested in Florida and extradited to Spokane in 2018.

Judge drops murder charge against woman accused of killing ex-boyfriend in Spokane Valley

Fowler was found shot to death in his apartment. Prior to his death, Fowler and Stiles were involved in child custody hearings for their young child.

Authorities have been investigating Fowler’s death for years.

Catch up on the day’s news and look ahead to tomorrow by signing up for the Daily Local email newsletter from KXLY4. Headlines, events, and staff picks every weeknight at 8 p.m. Sign up HERE to get your news on the D.L.