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Judge raises bail of former firefighter to $3.5M

Associated Press - January 19, 2008 1:35 PM ET

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The bail for a former fire lieutenant arrested for investigation into the murder of his mother was raised to $3.5 million because of concerns he might be looking to leave the country.

David Gaul was jailed earlier this month on investigation of first-degree murder after the death of his mother, Junette Gaul. She was found strangled and beaten in the head and chest at her home.

Clark County Superior Court Judge Roger Bennett more than quadrupled Gaul's bail after a letter Gaul wrote his daughter from jail was intercepted. In the letter, Gaul indicates he wants his daughter to research countries that don't expedite suspects to the United States.

Gaul, once honored for saving two children as a Portland, Ore. firefighter, is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.

Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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