CHEHALIS, Wash. -- A southwest Washington man who reported that his fiancee died in a crash on a Forest Service road has been charged with second-degree murder.
The Chronicle of Centralia reports that 32-year-old Corey R. Morgan was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court in the death of 48-year-old Brenda Lee Bail of Chehalis. Bail was set at $500,000 with arraignment scheduled Thursday.
Court documents say Bail was fatally strangled with blunt force head trauma contributing to her death.
Lewis County sheriff's detectives were suspicious of the story Morgan told when he reported the death early Friday. The couple had a history of domestic violence.
Morgan said he and Bail where at their favorite place on a Forest Service road near Morton when they were jumped by three men.
Morgan says he fought them off, put Bail in their truck but crashed while speeding away.