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Detectives pursue leads in Forestville triple killing

Detectives on Thursday continued on the trail of one or more suspects in the killing of three men at a home near Forestville during what appeared to be a botched marijuana deal.

A team of detectives traveled to Truckee, where Sebastopol native and avid snowboarder Raleigh Butler, 24, had been living to interview those who knew him.

Butler and two men from outside the state, Richard Lewin, 46, of Huntington, N.Y., and Todd Klarkow-ski, 42, of Boulder, Colo., gathered Tuesday to buy a large quantity of marijuana at a home in rural Forestville, authorities said.

Instead, the men were shot to death. The assailant left behind no money, no weapons and only a small amount of pot.

Sonoma County Sheriff's Lt. Dennis O'Leary late Thursday said they had no suspects in custody but that he felt confident they were on the right track.

"We have had several people call in with tips, which is assisting with our investigation," O'Leary said.

Authorities revealed nothing about what brought the men together other than the pot deal.

Lewin worked as a stock broker, according to political donation documents. He listed the now-defunct company Basic Investors Inc. as his workplace.

Even less is known about Klarkowski, who served six months in jail after his probation was revoked stemming from a 1999 drug conviction, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.

Relatives of both men declined to comment.


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