The mother of two brothers charged with raping and murdering a 16-year-old Washington state boy has been arrested in connection with the case, as has the girlfriend of one of the suspects.
Kindra Rose Adamson, 43, mother of murder suspects Jonathan Adamson, 21, and Benny Marquez, 16, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for rendering criminal assistance in the killing of 16-year-old Ben Eastman III, of Randle, Washington, according to KOMO news, the local ABC affiliate in Spokane.
As previously reported by Oxygen.com, the brothers are charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful disposal of remains for allegedly killing Eastman and burning his body in a shallow grave on a relative’s property.
"The two had planned on assaulting Eastman and lured him to a wooded area under the guise of a camping trip," charging documents state. "Eastman went to the ground and the pair continued to kick and hit Eastman. It was estimated by Adamson the assault lasted between 20 and 45 minutes."
During the attack, the brothers sodomized the gravely injured boy with a stick, before delivering a killing blow with a large stone, police say.
Meanwhile, according to police, the brothers’ mother, Kindra Rose, learned of Eastman's killing within hours and delayed the police investigation while her sons fled to another county, according to KOMO news. She made her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon, and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Jonathan Adamson's girlfriend, Emma Brown, was also arrested on Wednesday.
Police allege Brown knew about Eastman’s killing but withheld that information from investigators, KOMO reports. Brown allegedly told Adamson she was upset about the killing, but still loved him. Like the brothers’ mother, Brown is charged with rendering criminal assistance, according to the news station.
So far police have not stated what the motive for the attack was, but Eastman’s father, Benjamin Eastman, jr., told People.com that he believed it was over a girl. Still, “I just don’t know how they could have done this to him,” he said.
“It’s one thing to get mad and fight him. But for the two of them for 45 minutes to do what they did to my son — that’s pure hate.”
Despite the murder of his son, the grief-stricken father is dealing with his loss with an open heart, according to People.com
“The place in my heart that makes me want to be good and loving, I call that place ‘Ben’ now, and that’s where I’m making all my choices,” he told the news website. “That’s what my son would want.”
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