Another suspect has been arrested in connection with the violent rape and murder of a teen boy last month.
According to People, the 20-year-old girlfriend of one of the two brothers already in custody surrendered to authorities this week on an arrest warrant.
Lewis County, Washington, Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said Emma L. Brown is expected to face charges including two counts of first degree rendering criminal assistance.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 16-year-old Ben Eastman was found in a shallow grave near the Randle home of the brothers’ grandparents.
In addition to the arrest of 21-year-old Jonathan R. Adamson and his brother Benito S. Marquez, 16, both of Oregon, their mother was arrested.
Authorities say 43-year-old Kindra Rose Adamson is facing charges related to “actions and knowledge of the crime after the homicide, but prior to the arrest of the two suspects.”
The male suspects are accused of luring Eastman to the woods and beating him to death with rocks. They allegedly also sexually assaulted the victim with a stick and Adamson reportedly said after the beating that he believes he kicked Eastman about 100 times during the brutal attack.
Police cited text messages that indicate the victim met Marquez for what he believed would be camping trip and was not seen alive again.
His teen brother is facing charges as an adult. Both were jailed with bail set at $10 million. They are facing charges including first-degree murder and rape.
Adamson’s girlfirend is being held on $1 million bond at the Lewis County Jail. She was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in connection with Brown’s arrest, investigators say Adamson told her about killing the victim “and burying his body and he said she was upset but still loved him.”
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office by calling 360-748-9286.
[Featured image: Ben Eastman/Facebook]