Woman arrested in NM in 2003 WA homicide



FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A woman accused of helping kill a man on Whidbey Island, Wash., in 2003 has been arrested in New Mexico on a murder charge.

Authorities said Monday that 45-year-old Peggy Thomas was captured Saturday night at Navajo Lake near Farmington, on her houseboat named “Off the Hook.”

The arrest warrant issued last week in Island County, Wash., accuses her of plotting with her boyfriend James Huden to kill Russ Douglas. He was found fatally shot in a car in Freeland, Wash., two days after Christmas in 2003.

Huden, who had lived in Punta Gorda, Fla., was charged with murder in 2005 and arrested in Mexico in June. He is jailed in Coupeville, Wash.

Thomas formerly lived on Whidbey Island and had worked at a beauty shop owned by Douglas’ wife.