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Longview man accused of murdering wife released from hospital, booked in jail

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A Longview man accused of murdering his estranged wife and then attempting to kill himself has been released from the hospital and booked in the Cowlitz County Jail.

Cleon Moen, 73, was booked in jail Tuesday on the charge of first-degree murder.

An autopsy revealed that Michelle Moen, 57, died of blunt force head trauma and strangulation, and the manner of death was homicide, according to the Cowlitz County Coroner's Office.

Deputies responded to the 200 block of Robertson Road at around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Investigators said a family friend called 911 to tell police he was invited to the home for dinner, but when he arrived Cleon Moen said he had killed his wife.

When law enforcement arrived at the scene, deputies said Moen had attached an exhaust pipe from his truck to an outbuilding in an attempt to kill himself. He was not complying with deputies and was bitten by a K-9 and taken into custody.

Michelle Moen's body was then found inside the home.

Neighbors reported hearing shots fired, but investigators determined that was from someone target practicing nearby.

Cleon Moen was taken to a hospital for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning. He remained under guard by deputies until his release from the hospital Tuesday.

Cleon Moen previously shot himself last November after a mistrial on domestic violence charges, according to investigators. Deputies said he suffered serious injuries at that time and had written a note outlining his marital problems and his intention to shoot himself.

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