Murder suspect released, charges dropped

Murder suspect released, charges dropped

Murder charges have been dismissed against a North Idaho man accused of killing an elderly woman in her home.

Nathan Utt was arrested late Friday night in Spokane and charged with First Degree Murder. He was extradited back to Bonner County and was listed on the inmate roster this morning.

However, a jail sergeant told KXLY4 News just after 11:00 Wednesday morning, “Utt just walked out the front door.”

Utt was accused of killing 78-year old Shirley Ramey at her home in the Trestle Creek area near Hope. Her family said she was shot to death; her husband reporting finding her.

The sheriff’s office released Utt’s name and picture, saying he was armed and dangerous. They wouldn’t say what connection Utt had to the victim, but said he once lived in a trailer a quarter of a mile away.

Utt was supposed to be in court this afternoon in Bonner County. But, according to court records, the murder charge was dismissed “on motion of the prosecutor.”

Although several local eyewitnesses placed Nathan Utt in the area of the homicide during the correct time frame, when interviewed, Nathan Utt provided legitimate and verifiable information placing him in Eugene, Oregon, at the time of the suspicious death.

So, who is responsible for Shirley Ramey’s murder and is there still a killer on the loose?

The investigation is ongoing, and other leads have been developed that have not yet been released.