Man convicted in Lewis County cold case double murder

The Associated PressNovember 18, 2013 

— A man found hiding in Alaska has been convicted of murder in the 1985 deaths of an elderly Washington state couple.

The Chronicle reports that jurors in Chehalis deliberated for a day and a half before reaching a verdict Monday in the trial of Rick Riffe.

Originally from Mossyrock, Riffe was charged in the deaths of 81-year-old Ed Maurin and 83-year-old Minnie Maurin.

Prosecutors said Riffe and his now-deceased brother, John Riffe, abducted the couple from their home at Ethel, forced them to withdraw $8,500 from a bank, then later shot them and left their bodies on a logging road.

More than 90 witnesses testified during the trial, which started in early October.

Rick Riffe was arrested at his home in King Salmon, Alaska, in July 2012. He and his brother moved to Alaska in the late '80s. John Riffe died a month before investigators reached King Salmon to make the arrests.

 

Information from: The Chronicle, http://www.chronline.com

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