Elderly man held for homicide; victim’s body not found

An Everett neighborhood is in shock after a longtime resident was booked into the Snohomish County Jail.

The 84-year-old man is suspected of killing a tenant nearly half his age. The victim’s body has not been found.

Those who know the suspect are struggling with the fact that he is here in the Snohomish County Jail, being held for allegedly killing a 49-year-old man who was living in his house.

His neighbors and jail records identify him as Lloyd Richmond.

It is a usually quiet Eastmont neighborhood, said neighbors, whichRichmond has lived in for more than 20 years. And it’s where he shot and killed one of his tenants and then disposed of his body, according to Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies.

“I’m still in shock,” said Julie.

Julie wouldn’t give her last name.  But she said she has been good friends with Richmond for years.   She said she knew he had a house full of tenants, and he complained that they wouldn’t pay rent and brought friends over too.

“I said, ‘You have no idea who’s in that house, who’s going to slit your throat,’” she said she once told Richmond.

His response?  “Not much,” she said.

Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies said Richmond and a 49-year-old tenant got into an argument on Saturday, Aug. 28, and that shots were fired.  A neighbor’s surveillance camera picked up the sound.

Richmond was arrested last Friday.  None of the tenants still living in the house would talk to reporters.

Neighbor Scott Larkin said Richmond’s house is a source of concern for all who live here.

“It’s a known, it’s a known house in the neighborhood,” said Larkin.  “The cops are there two or three times a week, not a week, but a month.”

Even so, what deputies said happened here has Richmond’s friend baffled.

“I don’t get it,” said Julie.  “I sit here, and I look up there at that house, and I’m going, ‘If you did do this, Lloyd, why? Why would you throw your life away?’”

Those are questions a lot of people are surely asking tonight.

Richmond has remained in the Snohomish County Jail over the holiday weekend.

He should have a bail hearing tomorrow afternoon.

We may learn more about the case against him then.