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Police: Kelso man confessed to killing stepfather in argument over beer

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KELSO, WA (KPTV) -

A Kelso man confessed to using a piece of rope to strangle his stepfather in a fight over beer, according to court documents filed Wednesday in Cowlitz County.

Pacific County sheriff's deputies first encountered 56-year-old Bruce Albee on Wednesday night after they received a report of a suspicious car.

Deputies said Albee told them he stole the car from the Kelso area and left the owner dead at the house they shared on Holcomb Spur Road.

Cowlitz County deputies searched the home Wednesday and found the owner, 82-year-old Charles Rees, dead. Rees was Albee's stepfather.

Albee was taken from Pacific County to Kelso where he explained what happened.

He told deputies that he and Rees got into an argument over beer, and the argument turned physical.

Court documents described how Albee punched Rees, who hit his head on a table. At one point, Albee grabbed a piece of rope off the mantle and used it to strangle Rees as he forced him back into a bedroom, deputies said.

Albee said he covered the body with blankets, then checked back the following day to find the body "cold and stiff," the court documents said. Days later, he wrapped the body in plastic with an intent to bury it, but he never did, according to investigators.

Albee has since been booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on a charge of second-degree murder. He's being held without bail and his next court appearance is set for Sept. 24.

Detectives are asking the public for help in learning more about Albee or Rees' activities in the past three or four days.

Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206, or the sheriff's office at 360-577-3092.

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