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Man charged in 4 deaths lured Washington victims into woods with promise of buried gold, police say

A Washington man accused of killing one person has been accused of killing three others by luring his alleged victims into the woods by telling them he needed help mining for gold, police said. authorities.

Richard Walter Bradley, 40, pleaded not guilty Thursday to three murder charges, the King County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Bradley is being held without bail and faces life in prison if convicted.

Bradley’s defense attorney, Peter Geisness, did not immediately respond to voice and email messages. Bradley is expected to go on trial next month for Blake’s death.

He was initially arrested in May 2021 and charged in a separate murder case. He is charged in the death of Brandi Blake, 44, at Game Farm Park in Auburn, Washington.

Game Farm Park is one of the largest and most frequently used community parks in Auburn, according to the city’s website. Auburn is about 30 miles south of Seattle.

In all four cases, Bradley told the victims he needed their help mining for gold and then killed them, leaving their bodies at the bottom of the park, according to police. He was later found driving vehicles belonging to the victims in the days following their disappearance, according to court documents.

Police say three years before Blake’s death, Bradley killed Emilio Raul Maturin, 36, in the park, according to court documents.

Charging documents say Maturin was last seen alive in July 2019. His girlfriend reported him missing two weeks later.

According to court documents, she told detectives she heard Bradley tell Maturin that “he needed help digging up buried gold in Auburn.” Maturin was initially skeptical, she told detectives, but she reportedly agreed anyway. Maturín had a habit of taking large sums of cash with him whenever he left the house, according to court documents, and he had about $15,000 in cash when he left that day in his recently purchased BMW.

The girlfriend tracked Maturin’s cell phone to Game Farm Park in Auburn and went to pick him up, but got scared and left, according to charging documents.

Several hours later, Auburn police found an unregistered BMW parked near a large park field and waited for the driver to return. When they tried to stop the driver, the car took off. Bradley was arrested after a car and foot chase and accused of eluding police, according to charging documents.

Michael Goeman, 59, and his son Vance Lakey, 31, were shot to death in March 2021 and their bodies were found on an unmaintained road not far from the park. Goeman received a large inheritance just before he and his son were killed, according to court documents.

Richard Walter Bradley in court.KING5

Bradley was then considered a person of interest in these deaths. He was charged in May with second-degree arson after prosecutors said he offered a man $1,000 to set fire to the father and son’s seized SUV. On Thursday, prosecutors added two counts of second-degree murder.

Blake disappeared in early May 2021. She had won $20,000 at a casino and, like Maturin, was known for carrying large sums of cash, according to court documents. Investigators found his body in a shallow grave in the park later that month, along with three human ribs about 30 feet away.

Bradley was charged that same month with the murder of Blake, who died of blunt force injuries. The ribs were later matched by DNA to Maturin, and Bradley was charged with murder in Maturin’s death on December 5 of this year.

Bradley has previous convictions for robbery, vehicular assault and possession of an unregistered firearm, according to court documents.

Remon Buul

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