WALLA WALLA, Wash. - UPDATE - A man an suspected of killing a Walla Walla woman at her home made his first appearance in court Tuesday after being extradited from Oregon.
Brandon Crispi appeared in front of a judge Tuesday morning on charges of first degree murder and theft of a motor vehicle.
His bail was set at $500,000.
ORIGINAL STORY - A man who confessed to killing a Walla Walla woman at her home on Friday told police that “God told him to kill her,” according to court papers.
Brandon Crispi, 23, is suspected of murdering 56-year-old Lorelie Ann Carver, stealing her car and driving to Oregon where he turned himself in to police. The victim’s family said she preferred the last name “Cruthers.”
A probable cause statement says Crispi was living with Cruthers at her home in Walla Walla’s Rancho Villa community off Dalles Military Road at the time of her death.
The victim’s parents said Crispi was a homeless man from San Francisco who met Cruthers online, and Cruthers invited him to live with her to help him out.
After the murder, Crispi stole Cruthers’ 2016 Toyota Camry and drove it to Ontario, Oregon. He went to the Oregon State Police and confessed to the killing in Walla Walla.
Crispi had cuts on his hands, blood on his pants and there a serrated knife in his possession, court documents say.
Law enforcement in Oregon notified the Walla Walla Police Department about his confession at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
Around the same time, one of Cruthers’ co-workers called police and asked for a welfare check after the victim didn’t show up to work or call in that day.
Responding officers found Cruthers's body on a bed inside her home.
The 23-year-old suspect has been charged with first-degree murder and theft of a motor vehicle. He is expected to be extradited to Walla Walla County on Monday.
His first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.
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