Tester's nephew killed in brutal Spokane area homicide - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Tester's nephew killed in brutal Spokane area homicide

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U.S. Senator Jon Tester's nephew was the victim of a brutal killing near Spokane where authorities said the man was murdered in front of his 8-year-old daughter. 

News of the slaying first developed Tuesday when Spokane County deputies found a man dead in a home following the attack.

Deputies said the girl was awakened by sounds of the assault and found the man over her father armed with a sword and a knife.

She told investigators the man said he was going to kill her dad and ordered her to go back to bed.

But the girl called her grandmother, who then called deputies. 

Tester's office confirmed the victim is Bob Tester, Jr., the senator's nephew.

Marnee Banks, Tester's communications director, said Tester "would prefer privacy during this difficult time."

Investigators have yet to identify the killer.

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