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Randle brothers charged in teen's murder

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Two Randle brothers were charged Monday with murdering and raping their 16-year-old friend and burying him in a shallow grave.

They will be held on $10 million bail.

Benito S. Marquez, 16, and his brother Jonathan R. Adamson, 21, were formally charged Monday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree murder, first-degree rape, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful disposal of remains in the case of Ben Eastman, IIII, according to court documents.

Marquez will be tried as an adult because of the seriousness of the offense.

Eastman was reported missing in Randle last week, and investigators found his body in a shallow grave off Cispus Road in the Randle area. An autopsy Saturday confirmed the body was his.

Washington State Patrol troopers arrested the brothers Friday afternoon during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Ellensburg in Central Washington.

Both suspects are scheduled to be back in court on July 12 to enter pleas and set court dates.

According to the charging documents, the brothers admitted to plotting to assault Eastman and “lured him to a wooded area under the guise of a camping trip.”

The suspects said they kicked Eastman for 20 to 45 minutes, kicking him at least 100 times.

“The pathologist agreed those numbers could be accurate based upon his examination and observation of extensive injuries to the head and torso of Eastman,” according to the affidavit.

The suspects are also accused of raping Eastman with a stick they found at the scene. He was still alive at the time, according to the court papers.

The court documents say the brothers tried to conceal the crime by burning their clothes and Eastman’s, as well as the shovel they used to dig the grave. The shovel head was found in the fire remains, according to court documents.

But “the defendants realized the burial site would likely be discovered,’ the court documents say. So they dug up the body, wrapped Eastman in plastic from the barn of their grandparents, wrapped it with twine and buried the body on the (grandparents’) property.

“Matching plastic and twine were recovered from the barn, as was a shovel believed to have been used for the second burial,” according to the documents.

The suspects also reportedly admitted to making the cross marking the second grave.

The charging documents say that the “defendant knew or should have known that the victim … was particularly vulnerable or incapable of resistance.”

No further information about Eastman was available Monday.


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