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At the Courthouse: Bush avoids more trials

At the Courthouse: Bush avoids more trials

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It looks like jurors will never get the chance to decide if Jason Bush is a quadruple murderer.

Bush, who recently landed on death row for shooting Junior and Brisenia Flores to death, is also charged in two 1997 homicides in Washington state.

I called up to Washington yesterday to see if the prosecutors there want a shot at Bush. I wondered if they were satisfied with the two death sentences he got, plus the extra 78 years, or if they wanted to be extra cautious in case there's a reversal.

Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Clem said Monday he sees “no benefit” in trying to extradite Bush and Douglas Shae, chief criminal prosecuting attorney for Chelan County, said his county intends to leave things as they are as well.

Bush is accused of stabbing Hector Lopez- Partida, a homeless man, to death died in Wenatchee in July 1997, and shooting Jon Bumstead, an 18-year-old white supremacist from East Wenatchee, to death in September 1997.

Bush was tied to Lopez- Partida's death after his arrest in the Flores’ deaths; his DNA was found in the armpit of a shirt found at the murder scene.

After Bush was arrested in the Flores case, two men told police they were present when Bush killed Bumstead. One said Bush bragged he'd shot Bumstead to death because "he was a traitor to the race and a Jew."

Both men claimed Bush threatened to kill their families if they went to the police; one said he and his family moved to the Midwest for fear of Bush.

Court documents indicate the FBI confirmed Bush was spotted at an Aryan Nations compound for three days following Lopez- Partida's death and at a "racial identity seminar" the month following Bumstead's death.

 



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