Suspect in mans slaying appears in court
A Portland man suspected in the slaying of his boyfriend, whose body was found near Dougan Falls on Saturday, made his first appearance in Skamania County Superior Court on Thursday and was booked into the county jail on $2 million bail.Deputies on Wednesday arrested Benjamin C. Serrato, 40, on suspicion first-degree domestic violence murder in the death of Christopher M. Libert, 40, of Portland.Libert’s body was found near a bridge at Dougan Falls, and an autopsy found he had been shot and stabbed.According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Skamania County sheriff’s deputies first arrived at Dougan Falls around 9:15 a.m. Saturday for a report of a death.According to the court record, deputies spoke to nearby campers and residents, several of whom said they heard a gunshot in the area around 3 that morning, according to the court records.One resident heard a vehicle drive away several minutes after the gunshot.Investigators found some fresh tire impressions in the mud nearby. About two feet from there, deputies found what looked like blood on the ground. About 30 feet away from the pool of blood and 15 feet over an embankment, they found Libert’s body.An autopsy found he had been stabbed at least 11 times and shot in the head, according to court records. Investigators identified Libert using his fingerprints, and found he had a Portland address and a roommate: Serrato.