Suspect in N. Spokane murder admits to killing girlfriend, court documents say
SPOKANE, Wash. — The boyfriend of the woman who was found dead in her home last week has admitted to her murder, according to court documents.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner ruled 20-year-old Alyssa Dodd’s death a homicide and said she died from blunt head injuries.
Court documents filed on Tuesday reveal Bryce Thompson, 19, told detectives he came up with plans to kill Dodd several days before her death. During the interview, Thompson told detectives his plan to murder Dodd while she slept, and also admitted he originally planned to kill her sister as well.
According to the interview, Thompson’s plan was to force Dodd’s sister to transfer $20,000 into his account. He then said he planned on killing her once the transaction was complete.
According to Detective Brian Cestnik, Thompson searched the house while Dodd’s sister was at the store and admitted to stealing $4,000 in cash from Dodd’s sister’s boyfriend. Thompson then left the house without killing Dodd’s sister because he told Cestnik he believed the stolen cash would be enough to get him to Montana.
Thompson admitted to taking Dodd’s sister’s car, and driving it to Montana, where he was later taken into custody when authorities were able to use OnStar to find the car’s location.
Local law enforcement immediately jumped into action, and Thompson was arrested by US Marshals and Missoula County Sheriff’s Office deputies after a chase through the woods in Missoula County on foot.
Court documents state detectives found a stolen handgun, cash, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms, as well as a sweatshirt that belonged to Dodd, and both Dodd and her sister’s car keys when they searched Thompson’s backpack.
When Detective Cestnik asked Thompson why he felt the need to kill Dodd, Thompson said, “I guess I wanted to go out with a bang.” He later told Cestnik that he eventually planned on killing himself.
Thompson was taken into custody in Montana and is currently being held in the Missoula County Jail on a warrant for premeditated murder in the first degree. His bond was set at $1 million.
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