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Husband, suspected in a murder-for-hire plot, arrested after wife’s fatal shooting in Hockinson

A shooting suspect was arrested in Oregon and is awaiting extradition to Clark County

The Columbian
Published: March 28, 2024, 8:11pm

Authorities on Thursday arrested the husband of a woman who was fatally shot over the weekend in her Hockinson home.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Rummell, 49, on suspicion of being an accomplice to both first-degree murder and first-degree burglary, according to a news release.

He’s being investigated for an alleged murder-for-hire plot.

Deputies responded at 6:54 p.m. Saturday to a report of a woman shot inside a house in the 18000 block of Northeast 119th Street. James Rummell and two friends arriving at the house found her, the sheriff’s office said.

Lindy Rummell, 60, was dead inside the house with apparent gunshot wounds, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators said there were no signs anyone had forced their way inside the house.

Police in Eugene, Ore., earlier this week arrested Rummell’s friend Darrell E. Riley, 55, on a Clark County warrant for first-degree murder. He will remain in custody in Oregon until he can be extradited to Clark County, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

A tipster told authorities James Rummell had approached Riley 10 months ago about a plan to kill Lindy Rummell, according to court records.

James Rummell has denied involvement in his wife’s death, according to court records.

Earlier this week, authorities arrested James Rummell on suspicion of making false statements to a public servant and noted additional charges were possible.