King County Sheriff's deputies took a 42-year-old man into custody after he fatally stabbed his 69-year-old mother to death in White Center on Tuesday night, Nov. 13.
UPDATE 4: Son stabs mother to death in White Center; Charged with first degree murder
Victim identified as Margaret Ryan
Update 4 for Nov. 16
Brodie Lamb was charged with first degree murder on Nov. 16 for allegedly stabbing his mother, Margaret Ryan, to death in her White Center apartment on Nov. 13, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office.
More details from the charging documents are available here.
Update 3 for Nov. 14
The victim who lost her life in White Center on Nov. 13 has been identified by her employer, White Center Blog, as Margaret Ryan.
Ryan worked as a freelance reporter for the neighborhood blog.
Her friend Aileen Sison said Ryan was an activist, “always looking to help out in the neighborhood.
“She was always looking to get the truth out, which is what I liked about her,” Sison said. “She always pushed the envelope to get the facts and that was her experience and that is what I most admired about her.”
Sison said Ryan published a memoir as an e-book on Amazon this summer, titled Without Myself: A Memoir.
Update 2 for Nov. 14
The 42-year-old man suspected of stabbing his own mother to death in White Center on Nov. 13 had his bail set at $1 million on Nov. 14 by a King County judge, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office.
The judge found probable cause for pursuing a second degree murder charge and the charging deadline is Friday, Nov. 16.
According to court records released by the prosecutor's office, the suspect was living with his 69-year-old mother in the Unity Village apartments, however the apartment manager said the son was not living there and had been told to stay off the property for a year from August, 2012 after an incident. We are working toward information from the King County Sheriff's Office to confirm (Update on Nov. 15).
Shortly after 5:30 p.m., according to the court, the suspect became angry with his mother because she would not let him into the apartment.
The suspect then allegedly kicked down the apartment door, went to the kitchen for a "large knife" and attacked his mother, stabbing her multiple times in the neck.
The suspect then admitted to stabbing his mother "during spontaneous statements to responding deputies and to detectives during a post Miranda interview," according to the probable cause document.
Update for Nov. 14
Jail records show the 42-year-old son suspected of stabbing his mother to death was booked into the Seattle Correctional Facility at 10:43 p.m., Nov. 13, for investigation of homicide.
Court records show the suspect pleaded guilty to an assault charge in 2010 for spitting on a corrections officer at the King County Jail. The court recommended a mental health evaluation after the incident.
Charges are likely to be filed against the suspect this week, at which time more details on the stabbing and the suspect's name will be released.
Original post, Nov. 13
A 42-year-old male stabbed his 69-year-old mother multiple times in an apartment in the 9800 block of 13th Avenue SW in White Center Tuesday, Nov. 13 around 5:30 pm
King County medics attempted CPR but were not successful. She died at the scene.
No motive has been determined. According to the King County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Cindi West, the son called 911 and said he had stabbed his mother. He was taken into custody without incident.
She was stabbed in the neck and elsewhere on her body, according to West.
The victim lived in her Unity Village apartment alone and the son was a visitor, according to the apartment manager.
No further details are expected tonight (Nov. 13). We will update as more becomes available.