December 28, 2012 at 8:02 AM
Man charged in fatal Christmas Eve stabbing in Auburn
A man arrested in the fatal stabbing of his cousin on Christmas Eve in Auburn has been charged with second-degree murder.
Bradley Courville, who goes by the nickname “Red Cloud,” is accused of killing his 26-year-old cousin, Quinn Oliver.
Around 1:18 a.m. Dec. 24, Auburn police found Oliver dead at a home in the 4000 block of Auburn Way South, according to charging documents filed Thursday in King County Superior Court. A woman at the residence told officers that before Oliver died, he staggered inside and said that “Red Cloud” had stabbed him. Soon after the woman explained this to police, Courville emerged from some nearby bushes and identified himself to officers.
When talking with police, Courville said he was experiencing a “spiritual” moment before the slaying and grabbed a butcher knife, charges said. Courville told officers that Oliver called him a name and he reacted by stabbing the man in the neck. Courville said that after the stabbing he hid in the bushes.
During his interview at the Auburn Police Department, Courville threw coffee on Officer James Hamil, tried to leave and turning off the interview room lights, charges said. Hamil and Courville got into physical fight and Courville was able to get a hold of the officer’s gun. Hamil managed to get the gun back. Several detectives responded and after another struggle, Courville was formally arrested, charges said.
Courville was also charged Thursday disarming an officer and third-degree assault for the incident involving Hamil.
In charges, Senior Deputy Prosecutor John Castleton called Courville “a clear and extreme risk to the community.” Courville has been ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail.
According to Castleton, Courville’s prior criminal history includes convictions for second-degree robbery, fourth-degree domestic violence and of unlawful display of a weapon.
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