Prosecutors: Man shot dead, roommate dismembered | Oregon

SEATTLE (AP) — King County prosecutors say a suburban Seattle man has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder, charged with shooting and dismembering his roommate.

Charging documents say Nicholas Van Cleave of Federal Way was arrested this week after family members of Richard Lavietes, 41, contacted police, entered his apartment with a spare key and found two garbage bags filled with what appeared to be human remains, The Seattle Times reported.

Court records do not yet indicate which attorney is representing Van Cleave, who remains jailed in lieu of $2 million bond.

A co-worker called 911 Monday and requested a wellness check on Lavietes, the charging documents say. She told a dispatcher she was worried because Lavietes took a gun from her roommate, whom she described as mentally unstable, according to the documents.

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Police say Lavietes and Van Cleave were friends and that Lavietes invited Van Cleave to live with him last year because Van Cleave was having trouble keeping a job, according to the charges.

A relative told detectives that Lavietes told Van Cleave he had to move out after Van Cleave brought the gun home last week, according to charging documents.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Lavietes was shot five times in the back of the neck, according to the charges, which indicate that Lavietes was then dismembered.

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