Snohomish County sheriff's detectives are looking into whether an Everett man charged in the death of a Snohomish-area man during an apparent burglary attempt is responsible for...

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Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives are looking into whether an Everett man charged in the death of a Snohomish-area man during an apparent burglary attempt is responsible for other break-ins.

“We’re looking at him at a possible suspect in other burglaries,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Rich Niebusch.

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During the weeks before Brian Somes’ death, residents in his rural Snohomish-area neighborhood reported that a trailer and a house had been burglarized.

About 5 a.m. May 6, two people — including Somes’ mother — saw a large white truck in the driveway of a home Somes was selling, according to charging papers filed in Snohomish County Superior Court.

Somes’ family says that about the same time, Somes, who was living on his parents’ nearby property, was on his way to work at the Kimberly-Clark paper mill in Everett and may have seen something suspicious at the home he was selling and stopped there.

Somes, 47, may have confronted Kevin Stewart before Stewart allegedly ran him over with the truck, according to prosecutors.

About 6:30 a.m., a neighbor alerted Somes’ parents that Somes’ car had been idling in the driveway of the home at 9111 52nd St. S.E. for about 90 minutes. Somes’ father, Herb, found his son dead, charging papers say.

An autopsy revealed that Somes’ injuries were consistent with being run over by a vehicle.

Niebusch said investigators don’t believe the slaying was premeditated.

A State Patrol Crime Lab scientist determined that bolt cutters found in Stewart’s truck had been used to break a padlock on the home for sale, according to charging papers.

When contacted Monday, Stewart’s father declined to comment on the case.

Last week, prosecutors charged Stewart, 28, with second-degree murder. The Everett man is already awaiting trial in an unrelated case.

Stewart has been at the Snohomish County Jail since July 9 on charges of possessing stolen property and attempting to elude police.

Stewart allegedly stole a go-kart from an Everett home March 12. He was charged July 22 with possession of stolen property for allegedly having a dirt bike that had been reported missing after a Bothell burglary, according to court papers.

Jennifer Sullivan: 425-783-0604 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com