A Colville area man who was found murdered near his home in the Mill Creek area in April died from having his throat cut and suffered severe cuts to his neck, back of head and hands, according to the Spokane County Coroner’s office. Timothy L. Roberts, 68, was found deceased on April 18 near Mill Creek that ran through his property. His body was discovered three days after fire crews responded to a house fire on the same property.
Robert’s grandson, Morgan L. Beadle, 30, was arrested and charged with the murder on April 21. Beadle had originally reported the house fire to a neighbor, saying that “the house was on fire, shots had been fired” that he had “seen blood” and was “in the process of chasing a green van,” according to court records. He claimed to have seen “drops of blood on the ground” and said he found his grandfather’s glasses near the creek on the property but did not find Roberts. Beadle also claimed that a local drug dealer with a “gold-plated handgun” had likely killed his grandfather, according to court documents.
Jeff Mauer, the pastor of the church Roberts attended, called Stevens County Dispatch on the day of the fire and said that Beadle was “unstable” and was hoping that Roberts “had not been hurt” when Roberts failed to show up to a church meeting.
Beadle is being charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and First Degree Murder. He is being held in the Stevens County Jail on $500,000 bail and has been ordered by the state to undergo a competency evaluation on May 10.
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff