- Associated Press - Saturday, March 11, 2017

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho man suspected of killing his former fiancee before later apparently killing himself had been released from jail on a $10,000 bond and a no-contact order with the woman.

A Kootenai County sheriff’s deputy spotted 61-year-old Steven Denson’s vehicle Thursday and heard a muffled gunshot after cutting off his escape route.

Police had been searching for Denson since Wednesday after finding the body of 37-year-old Kelly Pease with a gunshot wound to the head in a car parked at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports (https://bit.ly/2my2sAt) that authorities in January accused Denson of assaulting Pease and charged him with felony strangulation and domestic battery.

That led to the $10,000 bond and no-contact order that Denson violated on Feb. 4.

But he was released after posting a $2,500 bond.

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Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, https://www.cdapress.com

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