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Bail set at $1 million for man accused of fatally stabbing ex-girlfriend

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Nov. 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm with No Comments »
November 1, 2012 2:29 pm

A 30-year-old man is expected to be charged Friday with stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death in her Auburn apartment.

Scottye Miller is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. King County prosecutors have until Friday to charge him in the death of Tricia Patricelli, 33, ho had filed a protection order against Miller after he repeatedly made threats to kill her.

Court documents give this account:

Miller slipped on gloves, grabbed two knives and stabbed Patricelli to death in her apartment, located in the 1600 block of 22nd Street Northeast. Her body was found in the bathtub.

A neighbor saw Miller run out of the apartment and throw something over the fence. Detectives later determined that he had tossed Patricelli’s cell phone, the knives and blood-soaked gloves.

Miller was arrested later that day after officers found him sitting at a bus stop dressed in blood-stained clothing.

Although he initially said Patricelli was dead when he showed up at her apartment, “he admitted sending her numerous texts, threatening to beat and kill her.”

Miller has prior convictions for domestic violence and harassing Patricelli.

“He just wanted to be with my daughter, but that wasn’t the case.  He just wanted to kill her,” Cathy Harper, the victim’s mother, told KIRO-TV.

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