Wednesday, August 29, 2001
A Dallesport woman is free on personal recognizance bail after being charged in connection with allegedly talking to several people about killing her husband and burning their house down for insurance money, according to the Klickitat County Prosecutor's Office.
Detectives from the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office arrested Denise Carlene Losey, 28, at the Dallesport home she shared with her husband.
Lawyers involved with the case say it will likely go to trial in October at Klickitat County Superior Court in Goldendale.
Losey joked with investigators following her July 9 arrest, saying any suspicious talk was actually done in jest, according to court documents. A week later, at her arraignment, Losey pleaded not guilty to felony charges of solicitation to commit murder and solicitation to commit arson.
The state alleges Losey "solicited several people to murder her husband for monetary payment," according to the first charge filed in court, and that she urged her husband, Ronald Scott Losey, "to burn down the family home to collect the insurance proceeds."
Prosecuting Attorney James Hagarty requested the court to release Denise Losey pending further proceedings. Losey is now living with a relative elsewhere in Klickitat County, and under orders not to contact witnesses in the case.
Losey's attorney, Gwendolyn Grundei of Goldendale, would not elaborate on specifics of the defense, but said she was "anxious" to try the allegations in court.
"My client entered a not guilty plea and she continues to assert her innocence to the charges filed against her," Grundei said.
Hagarty said he had received final detectives' reports on the allegations recently, had passed them on to Grundei as required, but had not made a final decision whether to proceed with the initial charges or amend them.
"We're going to need time to take a look at what we've got," said Hagarty.
If she is convicted of the charges, Losey could be sentenced to prison for life.
Witnesses initially interviewed by police in the case gave somewhat varying stories, with the stepson changing some of his statements over the course of multiple conversations with police, according to an affidavit filed in Superior Court.
Several people reportedly agreed on the basic allegations, though: Losey allegedly approached them with offers of killing her husband for money. Some thought she was serious, the affidavit alleges, while at least one told police Losey seemed to be joking.
The case broke for police when Ronald Losey called the sheriff's office on July 9, saying he had learned of the alleged murder talk from his 11-year-old stepson, the affidavit said.
Police allege the stepson was one of several acquaintances Diane Losey had approached.
Ronald Losey spoke with police about 11 a.m. that second Monday in July. In the afternoon, detectives interviewed the stepson, the affidavit said, and at 6 p.m. the same day they arrested Diane Losey. A short time later, being interviewed by law enforcement, Losey "laughed" at their questions.
"Denise said that everybody says stuff like that," the affidavit stated.