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Federal Way man charged in girlfriend’s death

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
July 11, 2012 4:55 pm

A Federal Way man was charged today with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend during a dispute in their double wide mobile home Friday.

Kenneth Mace, 29, remains in jail on $2 million bail and will be arraigned July 24, according to Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Detectives noted in charging papers that Mace suffered little more than scratches during the scuffle, but the victim, 20-year-old Mindy O’Meara, had been stabbed more than 100 times.

Several knives, a barbecue spatula with serrated edges and a broken knife handle were found next to her body on the kitchen floor.

During interviews at the police station, Mace told officers conflicting stories. He first claimed O’Meara was speaking in “demon talk” and attacked him, so he grabbed the knife and blacked out.

Then he said O’Meara was harassing him when he got home from work. When he came out of the bathroom, he saw her sitting on the couch holding a knife and feared she would stab him.

He then threw a glass bong at her head and wrestled the knife away, but couldn’t remember what happened after that.

Mace was arrested after calling 911 from a neighbor’s home and telling dispatchers “I stabbed her.”

Mace’s mother allegedly told detectives her son’s recent behavior led her to believe he was “nuts” and she and her husband tried to convince to get counseling.

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