Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Murder charge filed in Maple Valley shooting


King County prosecutors charged a 23-year-old Ravensdale man with second-degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of his friend.

Prosecutors say David Dunn killed Kelly Culp, 47, on Feb. 21, soon after the two picked up breakfast at McDonald's and returned to Culp's Maple Valley house.

Dunn had been doing occasional mechanic work for Culp, who sold used cars and did odd jobs for a repair shop, according to a police document filed in court.

After Culp was found dead with a gunshot wound to the back of the head, King County sheriff's detectives tracked Dunn through surveillance videos and interviews.

Speaking as if referring to a dream, Dunn admitted to police that he killed his friend with a bolt-action rifle, which he said he may have tossed, the court document said.

Police later found Culp's laptop computer under Dunn's bed. No motive for the killing was detailed in the charging papers.

Dunn, who has a juvenile conviction for child molestation, remained in custody on $1 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 10.

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