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Fugitive Confesses To Killing Man

August 22, 1996

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) _ A fugitive white supremacist led deputies to the body of a man he confessed to killing during a dispute over political philosophy, police said.

Faron E. Lovelace, an escapee from a Wisconsin prison, was captured Sunday after leaving his booby-trapped northern Idaho home.

Under questioning, he admitted to fatally shooting a fellow white supremacist in a dispute last year, Bonner County sheriff’s detective John Valdez said Wednesday.

``He didn’t share the exact same political philosophies, but similar,″ Valdez said of the victim.

Lovelace led law officers to a body buried in a shallow grave in adjacent Boundary County, Valdez said. Lovelace, 39, identified the man to law officers, and they are checking dental records to confirm the identity before releasing the name, Valdez said.

``It was well hidden,″ Valdez said of the body. ``Without him showing us where it was, we would never have found it.″

Bonner County Prosecutor Tevis Hull said details about Lovelace are sketchy and no state charges had been filed against him.

``We still have the murder under investigation,″ Hull said.

Lovelace was being held without bond in the Kootenai County Jail.

Lovelace was paroled from a federal prison in Colorado in August 1994 after serving 13 years of a 20-year sentence for armed bank robbery, U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Helen Butler said Wednesday from Washington, D.C.

Bonner County authorities said Lovelace escaped about two years ago from a Wisconsin prison where he was serving a sentence for armed bank robbery.

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