Murder charge filed in Seattle Krispy Kreme slaying
By Levi Pulkkinen, Seattlepi.com Staff
Published 03:10 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012
A homeless Seattle woman accused of stabbing a man to death earlier this week has been charged with murder.
Filing a second-degree murder charge Thursday, King County prosecutors contend Karen R. Latham stabbed Zerabruk Habtemiriam to death Monday in the parking lot of the Aurora Avenue doughnut shop.
Prosecutors contend Latham stabbed Habtemiriam in the chest after he refused to give her money for food.
“The defendant’s actions – plunging a knife into the chest of the victim – demonstrate that she presents an extreme danger to the community,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O’Toole told the court.
Latham, a 23-year-old homeless woman previously residing in New Jersey, faces 12 to 20 years in prison if convicted as charged.
At 4:10 p.m., a man stopped at a neighboring Jack in the Box heard screams coming from the doughnut shop lot, located near the intersection of Aurora Avenue North and North 125th Street.
The man told police he saw Habtemiriam on the ground bleeding profusely near a parked car. He was pointing toward a woman – Latham, according to police – and demanding someone apprehend her.
“Please don’t let her get away!” Habtemiriam shouted. “She stabbed me!”
The bystander pulled his car around and followed the fleeing woman while calling 911. Seattle Police Detective Cloyd Steiger told the court. He watched as she ran into the nearby Nites Inn motel.
Police arrived and arrested Latham, who was identified by the bystander and a second witness. The second man said Latham passed him on the street covered in blood; when she saw him staring, she threatened to stab him in the face, he told police.
Habtemiriam was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He was later found to have bled to death due to the stab wound.
Arrested at the motel, Latham was questioned by homicide unit detectives. Steiger described the woman’s statement as “rife with inconsistencies,” but suggested she ultimately came clean about the attack on Habtemiriam.
Latham told police she flagged down Habtemiriam about 10 blocks north on Aurora Avenue and asked for a ride to Jack in the Box. Habtemiriam agreed and drove her as far as the neighboring Krispy Kreme.
She then asked Habtemiriam for food money, and he gave her $5. He refused when she asked for more money, prompting her to pull a switchblade knife.
When Habtemiriam demanded she get out of his car, she stabbed him in once, causing the fatal wound, Steiger told the court.
Jailed on $1 million bail, Latham is expected to be arraigned April 19 at King County Superior Court in Seattle.
State of Eritrea ሃገረ ኤርትራ Hagere Ertra دولة إرتريا
Anthem: Ertra, Ertra, Ertra Eritrea, Eritrea, Eritrea
Capital (and largest city) Asmara
15°20′N 38°55′E / 15.333°N 38.917°E / 15.333; 38.917
Official language(s) Tigrinya, Arabic, English Other languages Tigre, Saho, Bilen, Afar, Kunama, Nara, Hedareb,.
Ethnic groups 60% Tigrinya, 30% Tigre, 4% Afar, 3% Saho, 3% Kunama
Demonym Eritrean Government Provisional government
- President Isaias Afewerki
- From Italy November 1941
- From United Kingdom under UN Mandate 1951
- from Ethiopia de facto 24 May 1991
- From Ethiopia de jure 24 May 1993
- Total 117,600 km2 (100th)
45,405 sq mi - Water (%) 0.14%
- 2009 estimate 5,224,000 (109th)
- 2008 census 5,291,370
- Density 43.1/km2 (165th)
GDP (PPP) 2010 estimate
- Total $3.625 billion
- Per capita $681
GDP (nominal) 2010 estimate
- Total $2.117 billion
- Per capita $397
HDI (2007) steady 0.472 (low) (165th)
Currency Nakfa (ERN)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
- Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+3)
Drives on the right
ISO 3166 code ER
Internet TLD .er
Calling code 291
1 ,. National TV: Eritrea Television (ERI-TV)
Eritrea (play /ˌɛrɨˈtreɪ.ə/ or /ˌɛrɨˈtriːə/; Ge'ez: ኤርትራ ʾErtrā, Arabic: إرتريا Iritrīyā), officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in the Horn of Africa. The capital is Asmara. It is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. The northeast and east of the country has an extensive coastline on the Red Sea, directly across from Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands are part of Eritrea. Eritrea's size is approximately 117,600 km2 (45,406 sq mi) with an estimated population of 6 million...