Deputies make an arrest in Preston murder

Deputies have arrested a 35-year-old Preston, Idaho man suspected of killing Wilden E. Lovin Jr. over the weekend. Marlin McQueen was booked Tuesday night into the Cache County Jail, where he is being held on suspicion of murder.

Franklin County Sheriff David Fryar said McQueen’s arrest came after days of intense interviewing by a team of investigators. The suspect is being held without bail and scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on formal charges.

Lovin’s body was found Saturday afternoon by an individual who called 911, reporting that the death did not appear to be from natural causes. When deputies arrived at the home near 515 S. 2200 E. they determined foul play may have been involved. His death has been classified as a homicide.

Lovin’s body was turned over to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office and then released for an autopsy to be conducted. It is scheduled to take place Wednesday in Boise. Deputies will not release the cause of death until the examination is completed.

Investigators have not released any details about a possible motive.

Fryar said deputies have received help from the Preston City Police Department, Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, Bingham County Sheriff’s Office, and Idaho State Police.

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