Police identify suspect in homicide of Auburn man

KIRO-TVAugust 17, 2013 

A homeless man accused of stealing guns is also suspected of slitting an Auburn man's throat to steal his prescription medications, police said.

The 43-year-old man has been arrested and charged with stealing a .22 caliber rifle from a home where he was staying. But when police found him, they said he had prescription medication that matched that missing from the home where Wayne McCune was killed.

McCune's wife returned home Aug. 2 and found her husband partially buried under a file cabinet. He suffered from debilitating ailments and had been searching for ways to take his own life, so she thought he killed himself, according to investigation documents.

But the medical examiner's autopsy found defensive wounds.

The 43-year-old suspect left Auburn without telling the people he was staying with. Police say after detectives found him, he admitted he had been living in his car since Aug. 2 – the same day McCune was killed.

He has not been charged with McCune's homicide, but is scheduled to be arraigned later this month on the stolen gun charge.

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