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By Brandon Cline

Wishram murder suspect pleads not guilty


Michael Matteson, 59, pled not guilty to a second degree murder charge in the killing of Wishram resident Joseph Flock during his arraignment on July 17. Matteson made the plea despite conflicting statements he made to police earlier.

Matteson is alleged of shooting and killing Flock and then pushing him out of his car on June 30. Witnesses found Flock in the middle of a Wishram road, and was later declared dead by paramedics at the scene. Matteson has also been charged with tampering with evidence.

Court documents say that Matteson told Klickitat County Sheriff deputies on July 2 that he saw a person walking down Boulder Drive in Wishram on his way home from a barbeque, where he says he...

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