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Moscow Police Chief, One Year After Triple Homicide: 'Still Very Emotional and Raw'

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John Lee, 30, is accused of a January 2015 shooting spree that left three people dead and a fourth seriously injured. - WHITMAN CO. (WASH.) SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Whitman Co. (Wash.) Sheriff's Office
  • John Lee, 30, is accused of a January 2015 shooting spree that left three people dead and a fourth seriously injured.


A full year after a shooting spree left three people dead and a fourth seriously injured, 30-year-old shooting suspect John Lee of Moscow sits behind bars at the Latah County Jail, awaiting a Monday, March 7, pretrial status hearing. 

Lee is accused of the Jan. 10, 2015 murders of his landlord, adoptive mother and work colleague. Another shooting victim, 39-year-old Michael Chin, lived to tell police about the tragedy. Lee then led police on a high-speed chase across the Idaho/Washington border and when he was ultimately stopped, it took more than two months to extradite him back to Idaho to face charges of murder and aggravated battery.

"It's still very emotional and very raw for many people," Moscow Police Chief David Duke told the Lewiston Tribune. "It's really hard for the community to experience something like this."

Lee's murder trial was originally slated to begin in May 2015, but his defense team requested delays due to unavailability of expert witnesses, according to the Tribune.