Homeless man charged with murder

King County Prosecutors contend that a homeless man jailed on suspicion of stealing a gun from his former housemates also cut Auburn resident Wayne McCune's throat Aug. 2 to steal his prescription medications.

Prosecutors last week charged 43-year-old Jason Gamache with McCune's murder.

According to court records, when McCune's wife returned home to their C Street Southeast duplex that day, she found her husband half buried under a filing cabinet. According to what she later told police, she at first thought her husband had killed himself because, she said, he had suffered from debilitating ailments and was looking for ways to take his own life.

But when the King County Medical Examiner's autopsy revealed defensive wounds on McCune's hand and wounds to his chest, neck and head, it became apparent he had not killed himself. He bled to death from a wound to his neck.

According to court documents, Gamache had left Auburn suddenly Aug. 2, the day of the murder, without first informing the people with whom he had been staying. Discovering the 43-year-old transient sleeping in his car in the parking lot of the Snoqualmie Casino during the late hours of Aug. 7, police arrested and charged him with stealing a .22-caliber rifle from the home where he had been staying.

According to court records, Gamache also had prescription medication in his possession that matched what was known to be missing from McCune's home, which is directly across the street from the home where McCune had been staying. Police also found a suicide note in Gamache's own hand. Police say after detectives found him, Gamach admitted he had been living in his car since Aug. 2.

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