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October 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Burien love triangle ends in attempted murder charge

A 36-year-old Burien woman was charged Thursday with attempted second-degree murder/ domestic violence after police say she stabbed her boyfriend in the neck while he slept on a couch early Tuesday, according to King County prosecutors.

Vanna Tiv slashed her own wrist after stabbing Richthea Huth with a butcher knife, damaging his carotid artery, charging papers say. She is being held in the King County Jail’s psychiatric unit in lieu of $1 million bail. Tiv is to be arraigned Nov. 8.

The charging documents outline a love triangle between Tiv, Huth and Tiv’s husband. Huth and Tiv were co-workers who began a sexual relationship a year ago, which Tiv disclosed to her husband in July.

Earlier this month, Huth traveled to Cambodia, where he met another woman he planned to marry, charging papers say. “When Tiv learned of this development, she tried to commit suicide by overdosing on pills” on Oct. 10 and was taken to Harborview Medical Center for an involuntary mental evaluation, the papers say.

On Sunday, Huth returned to Seattle and met with Tiv and her husband. Her husband demanded that Tiv choose between the two men, the papers say. She chose Huth. But the next day, Tiv went to her husband’s house and said she’d changed her mind — but he told her she’d have to visit her mother in Cambodia to make up her mind, the papers say.

Tiv apparently didn’t like that response and left with Huth for her sister’s apartment in White Center, where the couple spent Monday night on a couch in the living room. When Tiv’s 14-year-old nephew awoke the next morning he heard Huth screaming and found him bleeding as Tiv locked herself in the bathroom, the papers say.

The nephew and Huth forced the door and got the knife away from Tiv, who had a deep slash to her wrist, the papers say. Someone in the home then called 911.

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