Deputies: Murder suspect dragged brother with car in Yakima County while out on bail

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YAKIMA, Wash. — A murder suspect who was released on bail is accused of assaulting his brother with a car on Tuesday by dragging him for several feet in rural Yakima County.

Richard Smith has been awaiting trial for the 2016 stabbing death of his older brother Leonard Smith. Authorities said the stabbing occurred during an argument over space heaters.

Then on Tuesday morning, Richard’s other brother, Thomas, was giving him a ride to a court hearing from 31 Kelly Lane several miles northeast of Yakima. Thomas was in the driver’s seat and Richard was in the back.

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said Richard pretended to throw Thomas’ bag out the car window. When Thomas stopped the car to get the bag, Richard got into the driver’s seat, and his brother ordered him to get out, according to a probable cause affidavit.

That’s when Richard allegedly drove off, dragging Thomas for several feet. Thomas suffered a minor injury to his left elbow and was left on the side of the road.

Thomas contacted the sheriff’s office at about 9:20 a.m. and Richard was arrested as he was leaving court.

He was booked into jail on charges of second-degree assault and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

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