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Des Moines man charged with murder in stabbing death of elderly Auburn man
King County Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Des Moines man with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of an elderly Auburn man.
Sheriff's deputies arrested a 26-year-old Andrew Cory Lagerquist Oct. 2 shortly after they responded to a 10:35 a.m. 911 call from a home in the 4800 block of S. 288th Street on the West hill.
Deputies found 75-year-old Don Marinoff inside his home critical condition, bleeding from multiple stab wounds. Medics transported the mortally wounded man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he later died.
According to the statement of probable cause written by King County Sheriff's Detective Jon Holland, the King County Medical Examiner's autopsy found six stab wounds, three in the left side of Marinoff's abdomen, two in his right and left upper thigh and one on the back of his left hand.
According to the statement of probable cause, several people at the home that night saw Lagerquist stab Marinoff as the old man sat in his chair. Police have not found a motive for the crime, but one witness told investigators that Lagerquist and Marinoff had argued the night before. How they knew each other, the nature of their relationship and what they were arguing about is unclear.
Lagerquist fled the scene, but deputies soon captured him at a friend's house. According to the statement of probable cause, several people who saw Lagerquist after the stabbing told investigators he had been agitated and was sweating and acting strangely.
According to the statement, Lagerquist told detectives he knew nothing about the stabbing and wasn't involved. Lagerquist, who has four felony convictions for robbery and firearm possession, also told investigators he "would not go back to prison,"
According to the report, when Lagerquist learned during that 50-minute interview that a witness had identified him as the person who stabbed Marinoff, he became confrontational and had several profane emotional outbursts. According to the statement, he even threatened Holland with bodily harm. He did not confess.
Lagerquist's friends told police he is a known user of methamphetamine and PCP.
Prosecutors, citing his prior convictions, have asked for $1 million bail. Lagerquist sits in the King County Jail awaiting his Oct. 19 arraignment.