Man arraigned on murder charge in meth death

Posted at 9:45 AM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 11:45:45-04

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A man accused of forcing a Post Falls man to eat a lethal dose of methamphetamine has made his first court appearance on a murder charge related to last year's incident.

The Spokesman-Review reports Shaun Patrick Kelly was arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a firearm. He appeared in court via video from the Kootenai County Jail and didn't say much more than "Yep" in response to the judge's questions.

Authorities say Kelly forced 22-year-old Evan Mychal Larkin at gunpoint to consume meth to prove he wasn't a police informant.

Court records say Larkin passed out after ingesting the drug and died three days later.

Larkin is the grandson of Clay Larkin, who served as the Post Falls mayor for 13 years.