UPDATE: Malden man previously convicted of killing two people bonds out of jail


According to the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, Bilderback has bonded out and been released.

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A 49-year-old Malden man, previously convicted of First Degree Murder, Controlled Substance Homicide, and Felony Assault, is back in jail Tuesday morning. 

Bobby Bilderback was arrested Sunday, May 13 by the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of several new felonies including rape, assault, and kidnapping. 

At a first appearance Monday, a judge set Bilderback's bail at  $250,000.

No charges have officially been filed. Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy, who is handling Bilderback's case, said Tuesday the Whitman County Sheriff's Office is still actively investigating, interviewing witnesses, and gathering evidence. 

Tracy says the deadline for the prosecutor's office to file charges is Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

The new case involves sexual and physical assault that reportedly occurred last week at Bilderback’s home.

Deputies arrested Bilderback at his home Sunday afternoon after receiving a report earlier in the day from the alleged victim.

Bilderback’s violent criminal history dates back to 1987, when he was just 17. He was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for First Degree murder in Chelan county.

In 2013, Bilderback was given a 68 month prison sentence (roughly 5 1/2 years) for Controlled Substance Homicide in the death of Malden teenager Donavin Stapert.

According to a DOC official, he was released from incarceration on January 3, 2017 due to good time credits earned while serving his sentence in a state correctional facility, and then began a 12 month sentence of community supervision. "Thereby serving all days to which he had been sentenced by the state court system with no 'early release,'" said Jeremy Barclay, Communications Manager for the Washington State Dept. of Corrections.

In April of last year, Bilderback was sentenced to 13 months in prison for threatening a man with a gun.

During that case, Tracy initially pursued a third felony strike against Bilderback, which could have resulted in him being sentenced to life in prison. 

But the case unraveled when the alleged victim couldn't’t be located.

According to Pullman Radio News, Bilderback was released from DOC custody again in November.



Partial information from Evan Ellis at Pullman Daily News