Murder charged in death at Spokane party
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- An 18-year-old accused of punching a man as he tried to break up a party near Spokane was charged with second-degree murder after the man died.
Treven Lewis is held on $500,000 bail, and The Spokesman-Review reports (http://is.gd/Zxf0bI ) his next court date is Tuesday in Spokane.
Authorities say Frank James Motta had been asked to keep an eye on a neighbor's house while she was out of town. Her teenager was having a party March 10 and Motta was trying to break it up when he was fatally injured.
Lewis says he punched Motta to protect his pregnant girlfriend.
The 65-year-old Motta died March 15. He was Vietnam War veteran and former principal of Finley High School who recently worked as a patient advocate at Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com