A decide stored the bond of a 37-yr-previous man accused of randomly attacking people in Spokane and killing an 83-yr-previous Deer Park man at his house final month at over $1.6 million Wednesday.

Gary B. Ault, Sporting A Lightweight inexperienced Spokane County Jail inmate jumpsuit, made his first courtroom look Wednesday afternoon in Spokane County District Court for the homicide and housebreaking costs.

Judge Jennifer Fassbender reviewed the possible set off discovering with Ault, who recognized himself and anshave beend “sure” to Fassbender’s questions in a digital courtroom listening to.

Ault is charged with first-diploma homicide and first-diploma housebreaking Inside the killing of Richard Purdy, who was found lifeless Dec. 26 at his house, 29410 N. Dalton Road, by his longtime girlfriend.

An post-mortem carried out by the Spokane County Health worker’s Office dominated that Purdy sustained about 28 stab wounds to The Entrance and again of his torso, and a quantity of stab wounds and blunt-strain trauma to his head and face, Based mostly on a possible set off affidavit filed Tuesday in District Court. Purdy additionally sustained a mind hemorrhage.

The stab wounds and blunt-strain trauma killed Purdy, the medical examiner’s office said in courtroom paperwork.

Purdy’s girlfriend and Relations said they knew of no pals of Purdy named “Gary,” and that Purdy was A particular personal One which Did not invite strangers into his house, Based mostly on paperwork.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Scott Bonney Inside the affidavit famous proof of straind entry into Purdy’s house, collectively with An monumental damaged window shut to the front door.

Bonney said The house was ransacked. Multiple firearms have been Faraway from Purdy’s open gun protected and a separate rifle cupboard, and left in a hallway shut to Purdy’s office and in his pickup truck.

Purdy’s pals and househpreviouss tprevious investigators Purdy had many firearms saved Contained in the gun protected and cupboard, and A pair of of these firearms are nonetheless lacking.

Bonney said Inside the affidavit a fpreviousing pocketknife with a stained-yellow deal with was discarded behind a Tv stand in Purdy’s Entrance room. The knife’s blade was partially open and appeared to have been by probability or hurriedly discarded or dropped all by way of an altercation.

A huge fixed-blade knife protruded from the snow outdoors The house, Bonney wrote. Blood was on the blade of the knife, and The measurement and Sort of the knife was According to The measurement and Sort of Purdy’s stab wounds. Bonney wrote He is assured the fixed-blade knife was used to kill Purdy.

The Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory “presumptively decided” Ault’s DNA was on the knife’s deal with.

Spokane police said Ault has 14 felony convictions, collectively with housebreaking, theft and possession of stolen property.

Spokane police arrested Ault on Dec. 27 for the alleged Spokane assaults, collectively with hitting A particular person with a hammer at a north Spokane Goal. Spokane police investigators said Ault hid a pistol, ammunition and a pair of binoculars Inside the snow outdoors a north Spokane lodge. Bonney wrote he believed the pistol might have been stolen from Purdy’s house.

Ault remained in jail Wednesday Evening time on a $1.675 million bond for the homicide, housebreaking, assault and illegal possession of a firearm costs.

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