A Burien man suspected of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend at least 22 times in her Auburn apartment on Tuesday was charged with second-degree murder today.
According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney Office, Scottye Leon Miller, 30, followed through on multiple threats to kill Tricia Patricelli, 33, an ex-girlfriend at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The two had been in a four-year relationship. Miller had just been released from prison Oct. 15 for assaulting and threatening to kill Patricelli in January, according to charging documents.
Miller has already been convicted of 15 violent crimes involving Patricelli and other victims, the documents said.
Neighbors who heard Patricelli’s screams and saw a man fleeing the apartment gave Auburn police a description that led them to Miller. Officers found him later Tuesday morning at a bus stop on the 1700 block of Auburn Way North with blood on his clothing.
Miller eventually told officers that he had sent Patricelli numerous texts threatening to kill her and that stabbed her in her bathroom while armed with two knives, according to charging documents. Detectives found Patricelli’s cellphone, three knives, and bloodied gloves on the opposite side of a fence near the apartment.
Miller’s bail is still set at $1 million.