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Teens Accused in Benton City Murder Due in Court

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KENNEWICK, WA – The small community of Benton City could get some answers Thursday when two teenagers and their attorneys go before a Benton County judge.

Noel Gonzales, 19, and Noah Matlack, 18, are accused of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say the two men in September robbed and then stabbed to a death a disabled man, Michael Edwards, 55, in the parking lot of the Assembly of God Church.

Neighbors of Edwards say he suffered from severe arthritis. His brother says Edwards had a medical marijuana card and used marijuana to ease his pain.

In the hours following the discovery of Edward's body, police in Stanfield, Oregon, arrested Matlack and Gonzales at a truck stop. Officers say the teenagers were trying to sell rare coins, which police say belonged to Edwards.

According to court documents, when police asked, "Did someone die over this?" Matlack began crying and demanded an attorney.

Gonzales returned to Benton County willingly, but it took a court order to extradite Matlack.

A judge set bail for both at one million dollars.

Benton County sheriff's deputies arrested a third teenager, Tyler Lynn Isom, 19, who deputies say let Matlack and Gonzales stay at his home after the killing and kept a stolen semi-automatic pistol. He's charged with first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

Court documents show after his arrest, Matlack told detectives Edwards owed him $2,500 and, according to detectives, Matlack planned to kill Edwards if he didn't pay him back.

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