ORTING, Wash. - A 52-year-old Orting, Wash. man is accused of using an ax to kill his 52-year-old wife and 33-year-old stepdaughter.
Wife & stepdaughter murdered
Police say the man called 911 late last night, and they arrived to find the gruesome scene.
The 52-year-old victim was a veteran King County Corrections Officer. Her daughter was transported to Harborview Medical Center, where she later died. She worked for the Renton Police Department.
Police say the house had been spray painted with several messages, including "I loved my wife" and "Sorry to my friends I could not get help."
Neighbors say the couple was going through a divorce, and the wife may have recently kicked him out of the house.
"From what you can see on his house, you can tell he's definitely hurting inside," said Steve Brown. "I'm not a psychologist, so I can't say what made that in his mind decide to do what he did."
When police arrived at the scene of an apparent fatal ax attack in Orting Saturday, they found several spraypainted messages.
Neighbors also say they saw him holding a garage sale just a few hours before the alleged murder.
"I know that they were going through a divorce, and perhaps that he was on some medication and went off of them," said Bambi Nichols.
The home, on 168th Ave Ct E, is on a sprawling piece of property with horses, chickens and other animals.
The 52-year-old victim worked at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, supervising inmates. The staff is having a tough time dealing with the news of her death.
Corrections department spokesperson William Hayes released a statement saying: "It's a huge tragedy for the department. She was an excellent officer, liked by everyone."
The daughter worked for the Renton Police department for seven years in a non-commissioned position doing computer and clerical work. She's described as a valuable member of the police department.
"We deal with this kind of thing all the time but this really hits home," police spokesperson Paul Kline said.