A man who stabbed his roommate and murdered his roommate’s fiancée because he didn’t want to move out was sentenced in King County Superior Court on Friday to more than 28 years in prison.
According to police and prosecutors, victim Kevin Bell had allowed his childhood friend, Austin Ehihu Spearman, 53, to move into his North Seattle condominium in the summer of 2010. By the end of 2011, however, Bell was engaged and asked Spearman to move out, court documents say.
On Dec. 2, 2011, Bell posted eviction notices on the front door of his condo and on the door of Spearman’s bedroom, according to charging documents. Prosecutors say Spearman did not comment on the eviction notices when he came home that night.
But later, after Bell and his fiancée, Kristy Boyd, went to bed, Spearman rushed into their bedroom and began attacking Bell, court documents say.
Bell, who said he didn’t realize until later that he was being stabbed, ran out of the condo with Spearman chasing him and “still hitting him in the back and shoulder as he ran out,” court documents say.
When Spearman went back inside, the outside door shut behind him, locking Bell out of the building, prosecutors said.
Locked out, Bell could hear Boyd screaming from inside their bedroom and he “attempted to stop the assault by throwing a large rock through the bedroom window,” court documents say, but the screaming stopped before police arrived.
Boyd, 47, was stabbed at least 20 times with a large knife, court documents say.