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Man already in custody arrested in 2017 Murder of Eureka

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  • Charles “Chuckie” Levaugh

A man described by former Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson as “a possible serial killer in the making” has been arrested on suspicion of killing a man who was stabbed to death in 2017 while he was sleeping in an alley.

Wesley Lee Starritt, 23, has been formally charged with the murder of Charles “Chuckie” Levaugh, 56, who was found dead near the 2000 E Street block in Eureka on December 4, 2017, the police department said. Eureka. today.

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“The cases we reported on over the past week are prime examples of the tenacity and dedication of our detectives and evidence technicians in seeking justice for victims and their families. I want to personally thank them for their incredible work on these cases, ”EPD Acting Chief Brian Stephens said in a press release. “I also want to thank the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for their continued support, guidance and commitment to hold offenders accountable for these heinous acts of violence.”

Starritt has been in custody since May 2020 on unrelated charges of murder, attempted murder and assault with a lethal weapon in connection with the death of Roger Mitchell “Mitch” Clark, 84, who was found dead in his death. home of Campton Drive. that same month, and two more stab wounds. (Read more here.)

Find the EPD version below:

On December 4, 2017, Charles “Chuckie” Levaugh, 56, was found deceased in an alley near the 2000 block of E Street in Eureka. The investigation revealed that Levaugh was asleep when he was stabbed to death by an unknown suspect.

Four years later and after many developments in the case, the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office formally charged 23-year-old Wesley Lee Starritt with the murder of Levaugh. Starritt has been in custody since May 2020 on unrelated charges of murder, attempted murder and assault with a lethal weapon.

Acting Chief Stephens said: “The cases we have reported on over the past week are prime examples of the tenacity and dedication of our detectives and evidence technicians in seeking justice for victims. and their families. I want to personally thank them for their incredible work on these cases. I also want to thank the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for their continued support, guidance and commitment to holding offenders accountable for these heinous acts of violence. ”

Original release – December 5, 2017

The Eureka Police Department is investigating a suspicious death that appears to be homicide. The deceased has been identified as Charles “Chuckie” Levaugh, 56, from Eureka. His death occurred between Monday, December 4, 2017 at around 11:35 p.m. and Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at around 12:45 a.m. in the alley behind 2039 E Street in Eureka. We are looking for anyone who knew Levaugh or any significant event associated with him. We are also looking for anyone who has heard a disturbance at this time of night or has a game camera or surveillance system that can capture a person or vehicle in the area during that one hour period and period. preceding the event. A photo of Levaugh is attached to this release. Anyone with information or surveillance is urged to contact Senior Detective Harpham. (707) 441-4305 rharpham@ci.eureka.ca.gov Tuesday to Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.