October 19, 2012

Homeless man charged in 1976 Augusta slaying likely to stay in Seattle for weeks

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

A homeless Seattle man charged with the 1976 killing of an Augusta woman had $7.60 on him when he was arrested earlier this week, according to Seattle police records released Friday.

Gary Sanford Raub, 63, who was known as Gary Robert Wilson when he was in Maine in the 1970s, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of being a fugitive from justice, which is the sole charge being handled by Seattle authorities.

He is unlikely to be returned to Maine within the next few weeks to face murder charges here. Raub is scheduled for an extradition hearing Nov. 7 in King County District Court in Seattle.

Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said by email Friday that "it's unlikely extradition would be completed by then, so the hearing will likely be continued."

Raub is charged in the stabbing death of retired practical nurse and dental technician Blanche M. Kimball, 70, in her State Street home. Kimball was stabbed numerous times, according to the medical examiner's report, and her body was not discovered until June 12, 1976, after neighbors reported to police that she had not been seen for days.

Raub had been a boarder at Kimball's home for a time, but he told investigators who questioned him shortly after her death that he had moved out previously, and he denied involvement in her killing.

Interest in Raub as a suspect revived when he was charged in the stabbing of a Seattle man a year ago, and police obtained a sample of his DNA through a trick "chewing gum survey" to match to blood from the scene. The test result led to a warrant for Raub's arrest.

Raub had been living in Seattle's university district, sleeping on the sidewalk near a clothing store, according to Maddy Glover, a former University of Maine graduate who had been providing him with food from a bakery where she worked.

Records of the Seattle Police Department show that they had been working with Maine detectives for several months on the case.

Seattle officers arrested Raub on Monday after Augusta police Detective Jason Cote and Maine State Police Detective Abbe Chabot flew to the city with a warrant charging him with murder.

An inventory taken at the time of his arrest says Raub had a backpack with miscellaneous items as well as an "empty black wallet, belt, umbrella, and lighter" and $7.60 in cash.

Raub, according to Seattle police records, "is transient with no known addresses, work locations, or relatives in this area." He's also described as a "flight-risk and a danger to the community."

It also says Raub has 10 felony convictions for violation of Washington's Uniform Controlled Substance Act and theft and 15 misdemeanor convictions, and they classify him as "armed/dangerous."

Video posted of Raub's arraignment Thursday on the fugitive charge show him wearing an orange jumpsuit and moving around the courtroom with the aid of a walker. A photo released by police earlier this week showed a mottled Raub with a bandage atop his mostly bald head, and purple steaks in a white beard.

Raub is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail on a fugitive-from-justice charge related to the Maine murder charge. He is represented in Seattle by the Office of Public Defender.

Donohoe said an attorney from that office had yet to contact the prosecutor's office.

Betty Adams -- 621-5631

badams@centralmaine.com

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