Two brothers face murder charges in the death of a 16-year-old boy.
Jonathon Adamson, 21, and Benito Marquez, 16, were charged in Lewis County Superior Court Monday for first-degree murder and rape. Prosecutors decided to charge Marquez as an adult.
According to court documents, cell phone text records show the brothers lured the boy, identified as Benjamin Eastman, into the woods for a camping trip on June 24.
Detectives say Adamson told them that once they were in the woods, he and his brother forced Eastman on the ground and assaulted him for as long as 45 minutes.
Court documents say the brothers then hit Eastman with a rock to make sure he was dead, buried him in a shallow grave and burned his clothes. Investigators say Eastman died of blunt force trauma.
“It’s a horrific incident that there is absolutely no explanation for that will justify anything that occurred,” Jonathan Meyer with the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Deputies found Eastman's body in a remote wooded area in Randle.
Court documents show the brothers realized the first burial site would likely be discovered, so they removed Eastman’s body and buried him again and marked the grave with a cross made out of sticks.
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