Mother of suspects in rape-murder of Lewis Co. teen pleads not guilty

Kindra Adamson confers with her lawyer at a July 19, 2018, court hearing. (KOMO News photo)

CHEHALIS, Wash. - The mother of two brothers charged with raping and murdering a 16-year-old Lewis County boy pleaded not guilty Thursday to rendering criminal assistance in the case.

Prosecutors say Kindra Rose Adamson, 43, learned of the teen's death shortly after it happened, on June 23 or 24, and delayed the law enforcement investigation into the murder while her sons, Jonathan Adamson, 21, and Benny Marquez, 16, fled the area.

The two brothers are accused of murdering and raping 16-year-old Ben Eastman of Randle. The case has shocked Lewis County, a mostly rural area of small towns, forests and farms.

According to court documents, Jonathan Adamson and Marquez invited Eastman to go camping with them, then brutally beat, kicked, raped and murdered him. The brothers then buried his body in a shallow grave on their family's property, court documents say.

Afterwards, the prosecution alleges the pair hit him some more with a large rock to ensure he was dead and then buried him, and burned his clothing. The court documents allege the brothers worried the gravesite would be discovered, removed the body and buried it elsewhere on the property.

Their mother was arrested July 10 and charged with two counts of rendering criminal assistance in the first degree. The judge kept her bail amount at $100,000, despite requests from Adamson's attorney to lower it.

Jonathan Adamson's girlfriend, Emma Brown, also has been arrested in the case, on suspicion of rendering criminal assistance. Prosecutors say she also knew about the killing but withheld that information from investigators, according to court documents.

Jonathan Adamson and Marquez are charged with rape, murder, tampering with physical evidence, and unlawful disposal of remains.

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