Kevin Newland has been officially charged in the murder of Jamie Lynn Drake…
SPOKANE — Kevin Newland was charged in Spokane Superior Court Thursday for the murder of 19-year-old Jamie Lynn Drake. It’s a case where prosecutors are now alleging that robbery was the primary motive in the young woman’s murder.
New court documents show that when detectives searched Drake’s Ford Mustang after it was recovered in Newland’s possession in western Washington,they found the victim’s stolen credit card sitting right next to the suspect’s wallet in the car’s center console.
Even though Newland, 20, allegedly admitted strangling Drake to death, Spokane Medical Examiner Dr. Sally Aiken says it appears she was suffocated by a bag placed over her head.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says Drake was a truly innocent casualty of crime.
“Miss Drake was still in her work uniform when this happened. She was a very hard working, young individual and it appears he took all that away,” he said.
Newland’s MySpace is still up and running.