Late this afternoon, Chandler R. Meade, age 25 of Hoquiam, made a preliminary court appearance before Judge Kyle Imler in Grays Harbor County District Court #1.
Meade is being held for Murder in the First Degree, Domestic Violence Act in the death of his long-time girlfriend, Lael C. Hyvonen, age 25. Hyvonen was shot several times within the family home in the 800 block of Perry Avenue on Saturday morning, June 10, 2017; she died of her injuries at the scene.
Judge Imler imposed bail of $1,000,000 for Meade due to the nature and severity of the alledged offense.
Investigators have confirmed the crime occurred in front of the couple's two young children. The children are current residing with relatives and will be offered victim assistance and counseling services.
Hoquiam detectives continue to investigate the crime and secured search warrants for the cell phone of the suspect and the victim this afternoon. If there was a ongoing pattern of domestic violence, it can be an aggravating factor in the murder charge.
Persons who experience Domestic Violence can seek assistance from the Domestic Violence Center of Grays Harbor for help. The 24-hour toll free hotline is 1-800-818-2194.
It is important to remember there are many victims in this crime. Ms. Hyvonen lost her life and her young children experienced a life-changing, traumatic event. The family of Meade are also going through a very difficult time and have been completely cooperative in the investigation.
It is now up to the criminal justice system to sort through the facts and decide what is to be done; but as fellow citizens and human beings, our hearts go out to the families involved. This has been a difficult case for even the most seasoned of our officers and detectives.