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August 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Redmond man pleads not guilty to fatal stabbing of girl, 17

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Daniel J. Haggart, 25, is arraigned in King County Superior Court on Wednesday. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

A Redmond man pleaded not guilty this morning to first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old girl last month.

Daniel J. Haggart, 25, is accused of stabbing an acquaintance, Cara A. Neil, 17, on July 18 outside Soul Food Books, 15748 Redmond Way, while he was fighting with his girlfriend. He is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

The stabbing stemmed from a fight Haggart was having with his girlfriend, according to charging documents.

The girlfriend told police Haggart became angry at Neil when she came to her defense during the argument the couple was  having outside the bookstore, according to charging papers. The girlfriend told police that at one point Haggart walked away from Neil in anger, and Neil called him a “bitch,” the document states.

The charging documents are not clear on what happened next. But the girlfriend told officers she saw Neil collapsed on the ground, the charging papers state.

Redmond police responded at 10:50 p.m. and saw four people gathered around the bleeding Neil. Police said Haggart was among the people who came to the wounded girl’s aid when they arrived, according to court documents.

Police recovered a knife with a 3-inch blade that appeared to be bent and covered in blood next to Haggart’s wallet, keys and hat, the charging documents said.

Haggart has a long record of past offenses, including a felony conviction for trafficking in stolen items and juvenile felony convictions for assault. He also has a long history of misdemeanor convictions for assault and theft.

 

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