Clarkston man pleads not guilty for second degree murder

Police found 50-year-old woman with gunshot wound to her head



“This is a crime of intimidation … this is the crime of scaring people when they’re at their most vulnerable,” said Dan LeBeau, Whitman County chief deputy prosecutor.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

A Clarkston man pled not guilty to second-degree murder and evidence tampering charges during his arraignment Monday morning. 

Clarskton Police Chief Joel Hastings said John C. Weber was arrested for murder in the second degree March 7 after officers responded to a reported suicide attempt on 5th Street in Clarkston where Weber and his mother live. Weber’s mother, Jeanne Weber, called in the attempted suicide report. 

Two responding officers found a woman, later identified as 50-year-old Kymberly Berreman, with a gunshot wound to her head, Hastings said. Berreman was transferred to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho. She was pronounced dead later that day. 

Berreman’s autopsy has been completed, according to the Nez Perce County Coroner’s Office. The results of the autopsy, including cause of death, will be released later this month. 

Hastings said Berreman and Weber were dating. He is unsure if the two have been involved in previous domestic violence incidents, but there are indications that domestic violence took place in Weber’s residence. 

The responding officers noticed things in the scene that seemed suspicious, so they called in a detective from their police department, Hastings said. After initial investigations, the Washington State Patrol’s Crime Scene Response Team was called in to help collect and process evidence. 

The case is still under investigation, he said. Supplemental reports completed by the police department will be given to the prosecutor’s office.

McKenzie Campbell, county clerk for Asotin County Superior Court, said murder in the second degree is a Class A felony and can result in life in prison. Weber was also charged with tampering with physical evidence, which can result in almost a year in jail. 

Weber is currently booked in the Asotin County Jail. His bond is set to $1 million, Campbell said. 

Weber’s next court date, which will be a pretrial hearing, is on April 5, Campbell said. Weber is represented by attorneys Mark Monson and James Grow. Benjamin Nichols is the prosecuting attorney. 

Berreman was born in Lewiston, Idaho and she worked in the emergency department at Pullman Regional Hospital, according to her obituary. She is survived by her family, including her children, siblings and parents. 

Her service will be at 10 a.m. March 20 at Mountain View Funeral Home, according to the obituary. A reception will follow the service. 

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233