February 26, 2021

Docs: Hillyard murder suspect says she shot man after rape, put his body in freezer

Newly obtained court documents allege that a Spokane murder suspect shot and killed her roommate following a sexual assault before putting his body in a freezer.

A man called 911 on Thursday, Feb. 20 to report that he had received a phone call from a friend identified as 36-year-old Melissa Martin. She allegedly told him that she was raped by her roommate, shot him and then placed his body in a freezer, according to court documents.

Martin also alleged that a friend she identified as “Rowdy” helped her shoot the man and put his body in a freezer, documents say.

“Rowdy,” also known as Brian Riley, is also a suspect in an attempted murder in Spokane Valley. He’s currently being held in the Spokane County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Riley has denied involvement in the Hillyard murder investigation.

Martin pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder during a court appearance on Monday afternoon and a judge set her bond at $500,000.

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