Lawsuit filed against John Reed, suspect in Arlington killings
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.”