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Woman killed in alleged barbell attack identified

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 5, 2010 at 7:51 am |
November 5, 2010 7:51 am

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 60-year-old Tenino woman who was killed during an argument with her tenant earlier this week.

Janice Gallaher died in the attack.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Ivan Lee Pinto, 32, with first-degree murder on Thursday, alleging he beat Gallaher with a barbell, then ran over her with a van in the Roy area.

Pinto pleaded not guilty and was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail during a court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Pinto was arrested early Wednesday after he called 911 to report someone had attacked him and that the attacker was dead. Deputies responded to the 200 block of 288th Street South and found Gallaher dead in a driveway.

Gallaher owned a home in Tenino and Pinto lived in her garage apartment, a neighbor told deputies. They were on a drive late Tuesday when they stopped in the Roy area to let a dog they had with them relieve himself.

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