- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Four people accused of fatally injuring a 78-year-old Yakima real estate agent while he was showing a home alone now face murder charges.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1jSQiLt) prosecutors upgraded attempted murder charges Thursday, following Sunday’s death of Vern Holbrook in hospice.

He was beaten and left with his throat slashed last May in a house at Cowiche (cow-ICH’-ee). The coroner ruled the death was a homicide caused by the attack.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, https://www.yakimaherald.com

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