Snohomish County prosecutors on Wednesday charged a 24-year-old man with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of his grandmother in her Mill Creek home on Jan. 15.
Shane P. Hathaway, 24, was charged in Everett District Court with second-degree murder in the death of his grandmother, Betty Sorg, and second-degree attempted murder for an attack on his grandfather, James Sorg.
Police say Hathaway, who according to court documents has a history of mental illness, drug use and violence, was living with his grandparents in Mill Creek.
Police say Hathaway called his father on Thursday to say that he had not been taking his prescribed medications and was feeling suicidal. That night, his grandfather called 911 shortly before midnight to report that his grandson had attacked him with a butcher knife, stabbing him in the chest, court documents allege.
Sorg allegedly told dispatchers he was able to fight the young man off and lock the door, but he was uncertain about the fate of his wife, court documents say.
When police arrived, they found the body of Betty Sorg, 83, in her grandson’s bedroom, court documents say. James Sorg, also 83, was taken to a hospital where he was initially reported to be in stable condition.
Hathaway was arrested about three hours later when he emerged from the woods near his grandparent’s house, prosecutors say. Police said in the affidavit of probable cause the young man was half-naked and wearing no pants or underwear.
Hathaway is being held in the Snohomish County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.