RIVERSIDE — Authorities say a Riverside man arrested in the stabbing and shooting death of 55-year-old Bruce R. Molony on Saturday is claiming self-defense.
But Okanogan County Sheriff’s detectives found no wounds on the front of Molony’s body, said Sheriff Frank Rogers. They booked Don A. Moore, 65, into the Okanogan County Corrections Center on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Moore hadstab wound on the side of his abdomen, and was treated at Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak before he was arrested Sunday.
But, Rogers said, “In our opinion, this was not a self-defense case. Too much at the scene indicated differently.”
Moore had reported several things missing from his residence last week after Molony had been his house-sitter, and he believed Molony was the culprit, the sheriff said. He told deputies that when he discovered a clutch missing from one of his trucks on Saturday, he went to Molony’s property at 12 Foggy River Loop Road just north of Riverside to confront him.
Rogers said Moore admitted that he pulled a gun on Molony, and told detectives that Molony then pulled a knife on him and stabbed him. “He basically said, ‘I emptied my gun in him, and then I stabbed him.’ He’s saying it was self-defense.”
He added, “It was brutal. There was blood everywhere.”
Detectives found three casings from a .22-caliber pistol at the scene, and Molony, who was dead, with multiple stab and gunshot wounds to his back, neck and head, the sheriff said.
Moore called police at about 4:15 p.m. Rogers said, “There was a delay between the incident and the call.”
He said detectives believe he was trying to leave the scene, but drove off the edge of the steep driveway and down a bank before going back to the scene and calling police, Rogers said.
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