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    WA - Ina Clare Richardson, 69, raped & murdered, Clarkston, 7 Nov 2014

    This is a new case in Clarkston, Washington (population 7,355). It's the first murder in the town since the late 90s. (Rachel Anderson was from Clarkston but her murder is believed to have occurred in the Moscow, Idaho, area). While I didn't know the victim, by all accounts she was a very sweet person. Here are the details:

    The nude body of an unidentified elderly female was found on a road near a beachside park the morning of Friday, Nov. 7 (near Beachview Park and Chestnut Beach). She was later identified as 69-year-old Ina Clare Richardson. An autopsy determined she had been beaten, raped, and strangled. She was very well liked, known to many, and very friendly. She often asked people for rides. She had been divorced for a couple of years and lived on Third Street in Clarkston.

    She had last been seen at the Albertsons grocery store in Clarkston on Thursday night. Surveillance video showed her approaching a late model "box-shaped car" with mismatched hubcaps. The vehicle was picked up on other surveillance video cameras in the area (Costco, Walmart). A deputy stopped a similar vehicle a few days later leading to the subsequent arrest of 53-year-old Bisir Bilal Muhammad of Clarkston. He is a Level 1 convicted sex offender for crimes committed in 1977 in Arkansas when he was then known as Billy Joe Dallas. His other crimes include Battery, Residential Burglary, Theft, Forgery, and Escape. His most recent conviction was for a 2001 residential burglary in West Memphis, Arkansas.

    He failed to register with Asotin County when he relocated to Clarkston. He registered in August after contact with local law enforcement.He has only lived in Clarkston for about a year and a half.

    I did internet searches, and they show a Bisir Bilal Muhammad living previously in Newport, Oregon.

    http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-new...-case/29679826

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    This is information from the Probable Cause Affidavit presented in court yesterday (11/12/14):

    According to a Probable Cause Affidavit, Richardson was last seen at several businesses near the Clarkston Albertson's last Thursday night. She had reportedly exited the store at 11:08 p.m., walking in a southeast direction through the parking lot in the direction of Motel 6.

    The affidavit says a distinctive-looking car entered the Albertson's parking lot from the 5th Street entrance and drove slowly past the store entrances and parked on the East side of the parking lot near McDonald's. The car was described as a "box-style" older American-made model with the front driver's side hubcap being dark and the rear hubcap being chrome.

    "Richardson walked towards this vehicle. At a certain point the vehicle headlights came on, the vehicle was then seen driving away and Richardson has not been seen alive since," the affidavit says.

    A search warrant was served on Richardson's home and none of the items she had purchased were there, and there was no evidence of foul play, the affidavit says.

    On Monday, a Clarkston Police officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle that allegedly matched the description of the car observed in the video. The driver, identified as Muhammad, told the officer that he had driven home on the evening of November 6th from his job at the Quality Inn and was not in the Albertson's parking lot. He also reportedly claimed that there was another car in the area which looks like his.

    An officer observed video from the Walmart parking lot which allegedly showed Muhammad's car leaving the Quality Inn, driving around the Walmart parking lot, and it was parked for a period of time in that lot, the affidavit says.

    "Due to the rising concerns regarding Muhammad's involvement in this case, a search and seizure warrant for his vehicle was petitioned for and obtained. Muhammad's vehicle was not at his residence, so his cell phone was pinged and his whereabouts were determined to be in Lewiston," the affidavit says.

    Clarkston and Lewiston Police officers responded to a residence on Linden Street and located the car. Muhammad was working on a fence behind the residence.

    "Upon visual inspection, there were no apparent items of evidence, however, condoms, KY lubricant and a box of blue latex gloves were seen in the trunk," according to the affidavit. Muhammad accompanied officers back to the Clarkston Police Department and he initially told investigators that he went straight home and did not stop anywhere.

    "When confronted with information that his vehicle was on video at the Walmart parking lot for 30 minutes, he admitted that he had gone to Walmart to cash a check. Muhammad said that Walmart would not cash his check because of a date issue. However, the video shows that he never got out of the vehicle. Muhammad said he did not know why he would have sat in his vehicle for 30 minutes and not gotten out," the court document states.

    Muhammad also denied that he had been in the Albertson's parking lot.

    "When confronted with the information that his vehicle was on video at Albertsons, he then admitted that he went to Albertsons, but denied that he parked near McDonalds," the affidavit says, adding that Muhammad told investigators he had gone to the store to see a friend. When that friend was questioned, the affidavit says that he told officials he did not see Muhammad on the night of November 6th.

    Muhammad did admit that he knew Richardson because he used to work at Albertson's, but that the last time he saw her was several weeks ago. The affidavit says surveillance video from the night of October 31st shows Muhammad and Richardson exit the store together just after midnight.

    "Muhammad and Richardson stand there and have a 7 minute conversation. No one else is around them during this time. Muhammad then takes Richardson's grocery bags and purse out of the cart, hands them to her and takes the cart back into the store while Richardson departs on foot in the same direction of travel as on the night she was murdered," the affidavit says.

    Muhammad refused to provide a voluntary DNA sample, the affidavit says.

    "Muhammad stated that he is a registered sex offender (Level 1 - prior rape conviction) and that he has already submitted his DNA as part of his registration requirement," the document says. He also refused to take a polygraph test.

    Meanwhile, video was obtained from the Costco parking lot from the night of November 6th and it allegedly shows a vehicle matching Muhammad's driving northbound on 5th Street, just after the time it left the Albertson's parking lot.

    "Sgt. Daniel and Chief Hastings observed what appeared to be two persons in the vehicle," the affidavit says. "Sgt. Daniel also observed on the video footage from Walmart's surveillance camera, the same vehicle at the corresponding time from the Albertsons and Costco cameras, travel northbound on the west side of the Quality Inn to a secluded area. The headlights go off, however the car continues further into seclusion and the brake lights are observed and then go off."

    A search warrant was obtained for Muhammad's cell phone and it was allegedly discovered that between 12:17 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. there were approximately 18 phone calls between Muhammad and his wife. She told law enforcement officials that he had usually arrived home from work shortly after he got off work at 10:00 p.m., but that night he was late. When he did come home, "he was "agitated" and was being "evasive,"" according to the affidavit, which she reportedly said in the six years of marriage it had never happened before.

    According to the affidavit, after Muhammad had returned home, his wife allegedly saw him pull a used condom out of his pocket. She told investigators that he tried to tell her that it was a latex glove.
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    Muhammad is being held on $1 million bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday morning 11/17/14)

    Because of his history and the large time frame between his last known crime for which he was convicted (2001) to an alleged rape and murder (2014), and apparent relocation from Arkansas to Oregon to Washington state (and who knows where else), I am wondering if there might be some unsolved crimes which might fit his profile.

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    Good call. I hope the cops are thinking the same way you are.

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    http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/Dea...283503581.html

    According to court documents filed Thursday afternoon, Prosecuting Attorney Ben Nichols will not seek the death penalty against Bisir Muhammad.

    The victim's family members believe that Richardson would not want the death penalty to be considered in this case.

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    WTH?! How could this not have been pre-meditated?
    The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.--Albert Einstein

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    Why wouldn't she and her family want the death penalty? I would! It sure seems premeditated to me. What a horrible crime has beem committed! The fact that the guy carried condoms and latex gloves says that he was planning something that most likely wasn't legal. I feel bad for his wife if she had nothing to do with his crimes.

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    The latest I was able to find on this case:



    The man accused of raping and killing a Lewiston maybe a death penalty case

    By Carol Zinke Published: Nov 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM PST


    The man accused of raping and killing a Lewiston maybe a death penalty case»Play Video
    Bisir Muhammad is accused of raping and murdering 69-year-old Ina Clare Richardson.

    ASOTIN, WA - Asotin County Superior Court Judge, Scott Gallina, is thinking about how to move forward with the case involving the man accused of murdering a 69-year-old woman in Clarkston.

    Carole Zinke was at the arraignment for 52-year-old Bisir Muhammad Monday morning and has this report.

    Bisir Muhammad is accused of raping and murdering 69-year-old Ina Clare Richardson, and dumping her body near Beachview Park in Clarkston. Muhammad appeared in court for his arraignment at 10:00 Monday morning. The defense brought up the death penalty.

    "At this point if you go through an analysis of the statutory provisions, for criminal procedure, the death penalty is possible," said Defense Attorney Raymond Bottomly. "That means that the SPRC's (Special Proceedings Rules -- Criminal) should apply. And, of course the primary concern of the SPRC, at this point, is the requirement of two lawyers to be appointed in this case."

    SPRC refers to the special rules on how to proceed in this type of criminal case. At least one lawyer would need to be death penalty certified. Bottomly says even though the prosecution hasn't charged the death penalty case, he has to consider it as one.

    (Raymond Bottomly says, "until that decision is made, and it is clear that it's not possible for the death penalty, we need two lawyers, we need to apply all the special proceeding rules that the Supreme Court has imposed.")

    Asotin County Prosecuting Attorney, Ben Nichols, says the charges Muhammad faces right now do not show aggravated murder.

    (Ben Nichols says, "until and unless the state alleges aggravated murder in the first degree; by the rules, by the statue, and by common sense and case law the SPC's do not apply."

    Bottomly says Muhammad's charges of first degree rape and first degree murder fit the requirements for a death penalty case. He says until the possibility of charging Muhammad with aggravated murder is off the table, he believes his client needs death penalty council.

    (Ben Nichols says, "at this point an SPC attorney couldn't do anything to help Mr. Muhammad, because the decision still lies in the prosecutors office."

    Judge Gallina told the council he's going to take some time to review the court rules on the statute, before making a decision. Court is in recess until November 24th at 10:00 a-m.

    http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/Muh...283060891.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wazzu View Post
    He is a Level 1 convicted sex offender for crimes committed in 1977 in Arkansas when he was then known as Billy Joe Dallas. His other crimes include Battery, Residential Burglary, Theft, Forgery, and Escape. His most recent conviction was for a 2001 residential burglary in West Memphis, Arkansas.

    He failed to register with Asotin County when he relocated to Clarkston. He registered in August after contact with local law enforcement.He has only lived in Clarkston for about a year and a half.

    I did internet searches, and they show a Bisir Bilal Muhammad living previously in Newport, Oregon.

    Because of his history and the large time frame between his last known crime for which he was convicted (2001) to an alleged rape and murder (2014), and apparent relocation from Arkansas to Oregon to Washington state (and who knows where else), I am wondering if there might be some unsolved crimes which might fit his profile.
    A series of teenage girls were being abducted, raped, and murdered in the area during the mid to late 90's. Serial killer Bobby Jack Fowler was the main POI in October 2013 when his DNA was being investigated for links to the murders but I've been unable to find any updates in the investigation since.

    The Victims http://www.katu.com/news/specialreports/41351642.html

    POI in 2013 http://www.kgw.com/story/news/2014/07/24/12342676/

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    Update: Apparently Bobby Jack Fowler was eliminated as a POI in the murder of the Oregon girls. Not sure if Muhammed was living in the area at the time....

    source: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09...n_3988969.html

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    Update: A new trial date will be set for Bisir Muhammad on January 26th.

    source: http://lmtribune.com/northwest/new-t...faf3df7cb.html

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    Trial scheduled to begin tomorrow:

    http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/sta...629d94223.html


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    Bisir Muhammad was found guilty back in February.

    http://klewtv.com/news/local/jury-re...bisir-muhammad

    "We the jury find the defendant, Bisir B. Muhammad guilty of the crime of murder in the first degree as charged in count one," said courtroom clerk. "We the jury having found the defendant guilty of rape in the first degree as charged in count two."

    The verdict is in after a four-day trial. A jury convicts Bisir Muhammad for raping, then killing 69-year-old Lewiston woman, Ina Claire Richardson. And that verdict was guilty.

    The jury deliberated for about 45 minutes, and then they came back with that unanimous decision.
    http://klewtv.com/news/local/muhamma...ire-richardson

    "We can't give the family back Ina Claire; we can't give Ina Claire back her dignity, her life or anything, but we have to look forward and we have to protect this community and every community from Bisir Muhammad," said Ben Nichols, Asotin County Prosecutor.

    An emotional day in court as the man who killed an elderly Lewiston woman, is sent to prison for the rest of his life.

    Judge Scott Gallina sentenced Muhammad to a total of 866 months, or a little more than 72 years behind bars. He could get out after 26 years and six months in connection with the rape sentence. By then, he'll be roughly 80-years-old.



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