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July 16, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Woman pleads guilty to deadly stabbing in North Seattle parking lot

A 25-year-old woman pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder for fatally stabbing a man in the parking lot of a North Seattle doughnut shop in April 2012.

In exchange for Karen Latham’s guilty plea, King County prosecutors agreed to dismiss a deadly weapon enhancement and will recommend that she be given the low end of the standard sentencing range, 10.25 years.

In court documents, police say the victim, Zerabruk Habtemiriam, apparently stopped his car when Latham flagged him down on Aurora Avenue North. He gave her a ride to a fast-food restaurant that shares a parking lot with the doughnut shop.

Police say he gave Latham $5 when she asked for money but refused to give her more, even when she pulled out a knife. Prosecutors say Latham then stabbed Habtemiriam in the chest and fled.

Witnesses led police to a nearby hotel where the bloody woman was found.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 16.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: homicide, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Seattle Police Department


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