Cold Case Lewis County Murder Trial in Chehalis

Trial has begun in Chehalis for a man accused of killing an elderly couple in 1985 in Lewis County and hiding until last year in Alaska.

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by Associated Press

CHEHALIS, WA- Trial has begun in Chehalis for a man accused of killing an elderly couple in 1985 in Lewis County and hiding until last year in Alaska.


The jury was selected Monday for the trial of 54-year-old Rick Riffe, originally from Mossyrock. He's charged with burglary, robbery, kidnapping and two counts of murder in the deaths of 81-year-old Ed Maurin and 83-year-old Minnie Maurin.


Lewis County authorities say Rick and his brother John abducted the couple from their home at Ethel, forced them to withdraw money from the bank, then later shot them and left their bodies on a logging road.


When investigators traveled to King Salmon, Alaska, to arrest Riffe in July 2012 they found that John Riffe had died of a medical condition.