Posted 11-27-2004 at 07:49:36
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This just happened a week or so ago. No reason, they just did it. I think someone should take them out and Just do it. Save the legal system alot of problems.
Three Omak men charged in death of woodcutter
Posted: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 - 2:43 p.m. PST
By Dee Camp
Three Omak men face charges in the death of an Aeneas Valley man whose body was found Nov. 17, 10 days after being reported overdue from a wood cutting trip.
The body of Leonard J. Bauer, 40, was found early Nov. 17 about 60 yards off a Forest Service road in the Tunk Mountain area, said Okanogan County sheriff Frank Rogers. His body had been covered with brush, the sheriff said.
Two 18-year-old Omak men were arrested Nov. 17. A third man, 20, was arrested Nov. 19 after he turned himself in to the sheriff’s office.
Bail was initially set at $200,000 for Devin D. Palmanteer, $850,000 for Seymour X. Reuben Jr. and $150,000 for Ryan W. Adolph Louie, 20.
All will be jailed until further consideration by the court, said Judge Jack Burchard, who appointed public defender Scot D. Stuart’s office to represent them.
Palmanteer and Reuben appeared in Okanogan County Superior Court separately Nov. 17, with armed sheriff’s office guards standing to either side of them. Both defendants were handcuffed and wore bullet-proof vests.
Louie made a similar initial appearance Nov. 22.
Reuben was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree theft, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and tampering with physical evidence.
Both Palmanteer and Louie were charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree theft, first-degree rendering criminal assistance, unauthorized removal or concealment of a body and tampering with physical evidence.
All three were charged Nov. 19.
During Palmanteer and Reuben’s appearances, everyone in the packed courtroom went through a metal detector before entering; a deputy searched all bags and purses as well.
Precautions were taken because of the high profile of and emotions involved with the case, according to
jail administrator Noah Stewart.
Chief criminal deputy prosecutor Jennifer Richardson, reading from a report from detective Mike Worden, told the court Palmanteer, Reuben and Louie allegedly had been out hunting and rolled the vehicle they were driving.
Rogers said in an interview that investigators connected the rollover accident’s proximity to the area Bauer where was believed to be cutting wood.
Bauer apparently was cutting wood near the trio’s accident scene, and agreed to give them a ride if they’d help cut wood, Richardson told the court. As they were driving off the mountain, a piece of wood fell off the truck and Bauer got out to pick it up.
Reuben allegedly told investigators the other two suspects were passed out inside the vehicle and that he, Reuben, shot Bauer in the head with a .22-caliber pistol, Richardson told the court. Reuben apparently had been riding in the back of Bauer’s Toyota pickup.
He then allegedly woke up the other two and enlisted their help in dragging Bauer’s body off the road, according to Worden’s report. Reuben then allegedly drove Bauer’s truck to property off the Disautel Access Road.
The trio later told Amanda Pakootas, owner of the vehicle they had rolled, that they’d wrecked the vehicle and had gotten a ride out of the area in a Toyota pickup. Reuben allegedly became agitated when pressed about the pickup, and the three conferred in private several times during the conversation with Pakootas, Richardson told the court.
A couple nights later, the three went out at night with a backpack and flashlights to the area the pickup had been left, the state alleged. The truck was found Nov. 12 with paint sprayed on the steering wheel, door handles and other areas where hands would touch, according to the detective’s report.
The first-degree robbery and first-degree murder charges carry maximum sentences of life in prison and/or a fine of $50,000, according to information presented in court.
Louie was at large since being identified as a suspect Nov. 17. He turned himself in at the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office around 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, said Rogers.
Louie, who had been in the Spokane area, went to the sheriff’s office after seeing himself on TV, Rogers said. Louie’s family assisted in getting him back to Okanogan, the sheriff said.