Brent Ward Luyster, 35, of Longview was in Clark County Superior Court yesterday, as his first appearance connected to a triple-homicide near Woodland was held. Luyster is accused of shooting four people at a home on Northwest 417th Street last Friday night, killing three of them. The fourth victim drove herself to a gas station, where she identified Luyster as the shooter. He was arrested Saturday afternoon near Stella, and was handed over to Clark County Deputies. Luyster is now charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm. He continues to be held without bail in the Clark County Jail, with formal arraignment now set for August 1st.
The victims in the case are now being identified; it’s now reported that 31 year-old Breanne Leigh is the woman who drove to the gas station, bleeding profusely after having been shot in the face. Clark County SWAT was activated and went to the house, where they found Joseph Mark Lamar, 38, and Zachary David Thompson, 36, dead in the driveway. The body of Janell Renee Knight, 43, was found inside the house; all three had been shot in the head. They say that Lamar and Knight lived together at the house, while Thompson and Leigh lived in Camas. The motive for the shooting is still unclear at this time, but it’s noted that Luyster has an extensive and violent criminal history.