Beadle pleads guilty to first-degree murder

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

CASE DATES BACK TO 2016: After final mental exam, Beadle pleads guilty to slaying of grandfather…

A man accused of killing his grandfather in 2016 plead guilty to first degree murder last week in Stevens County Superior Court. Morgan L. Beadle, 32, made the plea after a competency evaluation to stand trial and faces 20 to 26 years in jail.

According to court documents, in 2016 on April 18, Timothy L. Roberts, 68, was found deceased near his burnt home in the Mill Creek area in April of 2016. Roberts was found with his throat cut, along with cuts to his neck, back of head and hands.

On April 15, 2016, fire crews responded to Roberts’ home on fire, which Beadle called in. On that same day, church pastor had called Stevens County Dispatch to say that Beadle was unstable and was hoping Roberts wasn’t hurt when the 68-year-old man had failed to show up at a church meeting.

On the day of the blaze, fire crews could not locate Roberts, and neighbors said Beadle reported the house fire to them saying the house was on fire, shots had been fired” that he had “seen blood” and was “in process of chasing a green van.”

Beadle had also said he had seen drops of blood on the ground, and that he found his grandfather’s glasses near the creek on the property but no sign of Roberts. Beadle also claimed a local drug dealer with a “gold-plated handgun” had Claim for Damages, on Jan. 25, 2019 and lists Jim Moffitt, Manager of the Stevens County Risk Department, and Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen as “persons involved/witnesses,” and Gray cited that the county “has been unjustly enriched by $24,185.40 of returned (waived) IRS penalties that I paid with my personal funds,” as the reason for his claim.

Gray stated in the claim that the reimbursement checks had been turned over to Moffitt in his role as the county risk manager when they came in, and Moffitt originally asked a voucher for the amount be made payable to Gray in a memo dated Dec. 24, 2018.

Rasmussen, the prosecutor referenced in the commissioners’ opinion piece, denied any sort of collusion with Gray on the matter, stating, “I did not collude with Mr. Gray or try to do anything against the county. I had a duty to advise Mr. Gray about the situation he got himself in and I did do that while he was Auditor. I never gave him advice after he was no longer auditor.”

Documents show that Rasmussen has since opted to remove himself from further counsel in the matter, stating “a personal conflict of interest that necessitates my withdrawal from representing Stevens County in this matter.” In lieu of his counsel, Rasmussen appointed Terry Williams of Terry Williams Law Office in Colville as Special Deputy effective March 21, 2019 in order to represent Stevens County “as conflict counsel in civil defense only of the claim alleged by Tim Gray regarding payments made from his personal account.”