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Son of elderly woman murdered in her Snohomish home is devastated
February 22, 2017
This report was first published 2/21/17 and was updated with new information on 2/21/17 & 2/20/17
(EVERETT, WA.) -- Broadcast media reports have identified the victim in the attack who died in her home in Snohomish on Sunday as 78-year-old Barbara Dexter.
A daughter, identified as 62-year-old Janine Shafer remains in the hospital with serious injuries. Both women were reportedly attacked with a carpet knife.
KOMO-TV in Seattle talked with a son of Barbara Dexter, Mark Glover who was on vacation in Maui when he got a call from his brother explaining what had happened.
He told the station he's been feeling equal amounts of rage and grief, attempting to make sense of why someone would want to kill a sweet little grayed haired woman.
A contractor and the contractor's nephew, who were both doing work at the home at the time of the attacks, have been arrested as suspects.
Glover told the station he only knows that the man accused is the 31-year-old nephew of a contractor he had hired to repair a bathroom floor for his mother.
The contractor reportedly told police his nephew attacked the women.
KOMO-TV reported that "the contractor was also being held in custody on a slew of outstanding warrants including a contractor violation,identity theft, forgery and others."
Glover told the station he did not know the nephew, just the contractor but he "thought he seemed like a nice guy."
The story from Feb. 20 is below
(EVERETT, WA) -- A 31 year-old man was arrested Sunday at the 1500 block of 74th Ave SE around 4 p.m. and booked into the Snohomish County jail for 1st degree murder and 1st degree assault.
"The Everett man is suspected of killing a 78 year-old Snohomish woman and assaulting her daughter, a 62 year-old woman also from Snohomish, earlier in the day at the 12120 block of 212th St SE in Snohomish," said a statement from the Snohomish County Sheriff's office. " A 46 year-old man who witnessed the murder and assault, the suspect's uncle, was taken into custody and booked on outstanding warrants."
The 46-year old man had been hired to do construction work on a bathroom at the victims' residence and brought his nephew to assist him. Both victims were at the house while the work was being done.
"The 31-year old suspect is believed to have attacked both women with a carpet knife before fleeing the residence with his uncle," said the statement.
The older woman died from her wounds and the younger victim remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The uncle told detectives he and the suspect fled the residence and that the suspect "threw a knife out of the vehicle" as they were driving. The uncle dropped the suspect off at his home, where detectives located him.