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Son on Mother's Murder: "It Had To Happen"

Seattle Post Intelligencer via YellowBrix

August 31, 2010

BLACK DIAMOND, WA – As prosecutors prepare to file charges in the apparent stabbing death of an elderly Black Diamond woman, additional details have emerged in the Friday slaying.

According to court documents released Monday, 86-year-old Black Diamond resident Ella M. Walker was found stabbed to death in her home after her son arrived at the city police station to report that “a dead body” could be found at the Morgan Street home they shared.

Arriving at the house five minutes later, officers were greeted by the 50-year-old man, whom they recognized from previous contacts to be Walker’s son. Police contend the man’s shirt and face were covered with his mother’s blood.

“She’s in the house,” the man allegedly told police. “It had to happen.”

Examining the house, officers found Walker dead. She appeared to have been stabbed multiple times, according to police reports.

Taken to the Black Diamond Police station, the woman’s son declined to make a detailed statement but said he “called 911 after it was over.”

“When asked how he got Ella’s blood on him, (he) stated, ‘It could have been from the knife,’” a Black Diamond police officer said in a police report.

Held since the slaying, the man was expected to appear in court Monday afternoon for a bail hearing.

Police have asked that he be charged with first-degree murder; King County prosecutors have yet to issue a charging decision, which will likely be filed in coming days.


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