A 20-year-old Lewis County woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with the sexual assault and beating death of 16-year-old Ben Eastman III of Randle. She is the fourth person to be arrested in the case.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that a warrant for her arrest had previously been issued for rendering criminal assistance in the first degree. After the warrant was issued, the woman, Emma L. Brown, turned herself in to the Lewis County Jail Wednesday night.
Brown is the fiancee of Jonathan R. Adamson, 21, one of the suspects who was charged earlier this month.
Brown’s arrest is “based on her actions and knowledge of the crime after the homicide,” according to a Lewis County news release.
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Adamson and 16-year-old Benito S. Marquez were charged in Lewis County Superior Court on July 2 in the sexual assault, murder and unlawful disposition of the body of Eastman, who died of blunt-force trauma to his head. The brothers were charged with one count each of first-degree murder, first-degree rape, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful disposal of remains.
Adamson’s mom, Kindra Rose, 43, also was arrested based on her “actions and knowledge of the crime after the homicide, but prior to the arrest of the two suspects,” according to a Lewis County news release. She faces charges of rendering criminal assistance in the first degree.