Suspect charged with killing Auburn man for medication

by: Casey McNerthney, KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:

A homeless man accused of stealing guns has been charged with first degree murder after police said he slit an Auburn man's throat to steal his prescription medications.

Jason Lee Gamache, 43, also was charged with stealing a .22 caliber rifle from the home where he was staying. But when police found him, they said he had prescription medication that matched that missing from the nearby home where Wayne McCune was killed.

KIRO 7 was the first to report how McCune's wife returned home Aug. 2 and found her husband partially buried under a file cabinet. He suffered from debilitating ailments and had been searching for ways to take his own life, so she thought he killed himself, according to investigation documents.

But police noticed inconsistencies. They didn't find a knife near his body, and the blood stains indicated a struggle. The medical examiner's autopsy found defensive wounds.

The suicide report was a surprise to neighbor David Cooke.

"He wasn't suicidal by any means," he told KIRO 7 Sunday. "He was a really kind man."

Gamache left Auburn without telling the people he was staying with. Police say after detectives found him, Gamache admitted he had been living in his car since Aug. 2 – the same day McCune was killed.

Gamache is expected to be arraigned on the murder charge later this month.

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