Lawsuit filed against John Reed, suspect in Arlington killings

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

From left, John Reed and brother Tony Reed. Both are charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Arlington couple.

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against a man accused of killing a couple near Oso, burying their remains in a remote forest clearing and then fleeing to Mexico.

The Daily Herald reports (  ) the lawsuit, filed late last month, alleges John Reed “wrongfully took the life of Patrick Shunn.” It seeks unspecified damages for Shunn’s estate.

Shunn, 45, and his wife, 46-year-old Monique Patenaude, were killed in April. John Reed’s brother, Tony Reed, has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony rendering criminal assistance. Tony Reed surrendered to authorities in May near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Investigators believe John Reed fatally shot the couple over a long-standing property dispute in Oso, a rural community northeast of Seattle.

The lawsuit against John Reed was filed by Shunn’s father to “make sure John Reed has no access to financial assets to further his escape.”

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.