Four charged in homicide following cat's death

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) -- Three men and a 15-year-old boy have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Coulee City, Wash., man in an argument that began as the result of the death of a cat.

They are 18-year-old Alexander L. Wiltfong of Coulee City, 23-year-old Robert M. Wiltfong of Soap Lake, Wash.; 20-year-old Michael M. Loska of Soap Lake and a 15-year-old boy from Coulee City.

Grant County Superior Court records accuse the four of attacking 49-year-old Jeff A. Smith of Coulee City Oct. 10. Witnesses reported seeing Alexander Wiltfong and several women arguing with Smith about a cat Smith reportedly killed.

Court records say Alexander L. Wiltfong, Robert M. Wiltfong, Loska and the juvenile went to Smith's house after the argument, entered the house and fought with the victim.

Smith's body was found in bed Oct. 12. An autopsy showed he died as a result of blunt force trauma to his head.

Bail for Alexander and Robert Wiltfong, and Loska has been set at $250,000.

© 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Top Stories

  • What Took So Long?
    WSDOT explains why it took so long to clean up a collision on I-5 Monday morning

  • Disappointment
    Coach Pete Carroll is disappointed Percy Harvin didn't work out
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.