Murder Suspect Had Meth Problem: Court Docs

Andy Welch was arrested three times

By Steven Luke
|  Thursday, Oct 27, 2011  |  Updated 1:29 PM PDT
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Lakeside Man Accused of Murder

Lakeside resident Andrew Richard Welch (right) was arrested Wednesday, accused of killing a woman found dead in his home.

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Lakeside Man Accused of Murder

Lakeside resident Andrew Richard Welch was arrested Wednesday, accused of killing a woman found dead in his home. Neighbors said the woman was Welch's new wife Tonya. Deputies have not identified the victim. Tony Shin reports.
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The Lakeside man arrested on suspicion of killing a woman had previous run-ins with the law.

Andrew Richard Welch, 45, was arrested once in 2008 and twice in 2005, according to court documents.

In 2005 he was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for possession of a methamphetamine pipe. Another arrest occurred when he took another person's vehicle and drove it without permission.

Welch was arrested in 2008 for possession of methamphetamine during a traffic stop. Court records say this stop was filmed by TV show "Cops."

This last case is still an ongoing issue as records show Welch continually failed to complete self help meetings.

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