Spokane murder suspect refuses to make first court appearance

Spokane murder suspect refuses to make first court appearance
Kootenai Co.
Joseph Scheel was arrested on murder charges after a woman was found dead in a Spokane apartment. 

The man accused of killing his girlfriend at their Spokane apartment refused to make his first court appearance on Friday.

Joseph Scheel, 28, was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday after authorities found his girlfriend, 47-year-old Edna Patricia Hernandez, stabbed to death in their apartment.

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On Wednesday, authorities responded to Scheel and Hernandez’s apartment after the victim did not show up for work. Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies were asked to complete a welfare check on Hernandez and attempted to contact her three times over the course of two days.

When deputies arrived at the apartment on Wednesday, they were contronted by Scheel, who was being uncooperative.

A deeper search of the apartment led deputies to find Hernandez’s body. On Friday, the Spokane County Medical Examiner ruled Hernandez’s death a homicide.

Scheel is now set to appear in court for his first appearance on Monday.