A King County District Court judge found probable cause to hold a Bellevue man in connection with the slaying of his 72-year-old aunt whose body was found inside her apartment Sunday night.
Mark Irwin, 53, was ordered held pending charges for investigation of second-degree murder and bail was set at $2 million.
According to the document of probable cause that outlines the police case, relatives said Irwin, who had been living with his aunt, Barbara Irwin, for the past six months, had a history of drug abuse and stealing from the family.
A relative who spoke to Irwin after calling the victim’s cellphone told police Irwin had slurred speech and sounded like he was “using drugs again,” court documents say.
According to Bellevue police, Barbara Irwin’s body was discovered by a family member who became worried after she hadn’t heard from the woman.
The relative went to the victim’s residence in the Twelve Central Square Apartments in downtown Bellevue, used a ladder to climb into the woman’s unit, found her body and called 911, said police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate.
Irwin was arrested during a traffic stop in Bellevue on Monday morning, police said.
Court records show Irwin has a criminal history that includes convictions for robbery, theft and taking motor vehicles and was on active supervision with the state Department of Corrections for a 2011 car theft.