LOCAL PAIR HELD IN SULTAN MANíS DEATH
July 11, 2008
(EVERETT, WA) -- Snohomish County authorities continue holding two local residents in the June 26th murder of 49-year old Sultan resident David Grimm at a residence in the 12800 block of 311th Avenue Southeast in Sultan.
Accused in the death are Grimm’s 46-year old former girlfriend and live in companion Debra Canady and Canady’s most recent boyfriend 30-year old Bent Starr of Gold Bar. A judge has set bail for Mr. Starr at $1 million and $500,000 for Ms. Canady.
Investigators say a search warrant provided cell phone evidence in the case suggesting Starr and Canady hatched a plot to murder Grimm in the Sultan home where Grimm lived off and on with Canady, Canady’s mother and where sometimes Starr would spend the night.
Grimm was found dead in a blood-spattered bed. The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said Grimm died from homicidal violence and that his skull had been fractured in the attack, in which there was evidence of multiple blows to the deceased man's head. Police believe Starr went into the Sultan home where Grimm was sleeping and attacked and killed Grimm with a hammer while Grimm slept.
According to authorities no evidence was found to indicate Grimm may have known the attack was coming or that he had an opportunity to defend against the attack.
Authorities say a possible motive for the killing was a love triangle gone bad where Starr may have viewed Grimm as an obstacle standing in the way of Starr’s relationship with Canady by refusing to move out of the Sultan home Grimm continued to share with Canady and Canady’s mother.