Video: Moscow Homicide Suspect on Suicide Watch, Faces Washington Eluding Charge First


  • Whitman County Jail
  • John Lee, 29
A suspect in a triple homicide that still has the Idaho community of Moscow reeling will probably stay a while longer in a Colfax, Wash., jail before he's transferred to Idaho.

John Lee, 29, made his first court appearance in a Whitman County (Wash.) courtroom on Monday. Lee was captured by Washington law enforcement after leading them on a 100 mph chase following three separate shooting incidents that left three people dead and a fourth fighting for his life.

Lee is expected back in court Friday, Jan. 16, to face a charge of eluding police and for a preliminary hearing regarding extradition to Idaho, where he faces three first-degree murder charges and an additional charge of attempted first-degree murder. 

The Lewiston Tribune reports that a Whitman County prosecutor said he expects to resolve the eluding charge in Whitman County, which could take two months, before sending Lee to Idaho.

"At this point, I intend to keep him here while we resolve our local charges,"  said Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy. "That could change later, but at this point, that's my intent."

Meanwhile, Lee remains under suicide watch at the jail.

KREM-TV reports that bail has been set at $500,000.