Suspect in mental hospital killing played ‘hot and cold’ game

SPOKANE — The woman suspected of killing a man at Eastern State Hospital pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and was ordered held on $1 million bail.

Spokane County court records show that 30-year-old Amber Roberts played a game of “hot and cold” with a staff member of the mental hospital that led to discovery of the body.

Roberts approached a staff member early Tuesday and said: “I murdered someone, but you’re going to have to find him.”

According to documents, the staff member searched room to room, with Roberts following and saying: “You’re getting warmer.”

As the staff member approached the room of 56-year-old Duane E. Charley, Roberts said: “You’re hot.”

The staff member looked inside and found Charley’s body.

Roberts told the staff she had strangled him with an electrical cord.

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