Prosecutors charge Auburn man in fatal stabbing

The King County Prosecutor has charged an Auburn man with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 22-year-old Oliver Quinn in the early morning hours of Dec. 24.

Bradley Percy Courville, 24, also faces one count of disarming the law enforcement officer guarding him, one count of third-degree assault for attacking the officer and, as a convicted felon, one count of first degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Courville waits in King County Jail on $2 million bail.

Police were called to 4023 Auburn Way S. for a stabbing shortly after 1 a.m. When officers arrived, Quinn was unconscious and bleeding from a stab wound to the neck. Officers and medics tried CPR but pronounced him dead at the scene.

According to the Auburn police department's affidavit of probable cause, which forms the basis for the charges, a woman at the scene told police that Quinn had come into the residence from outside after being stabbed and told her that "Red Cloud," Quinn's cousin, Courville, had stabbed him.

Shortly afterward, Courville emerged from some bushes and identified himself to officers.

According to the affidavit, when detectives later asked Courville what had happened, he said that he had been experiencing a spiritual moment when he grabbed a butcher knife from the residence and went outside. While outside, Courville allegedly said, Quinn had called him a "bitch," so he stabbed him in the neck.

While detectives were interviewing Courville at the Auburn Police Department, according to the affidavit, he tried to escape from the interview room by assaulting the officer guarding him, and that during the struggle Courville removed the officer's gun from its holster. The officer, however, disarmed Courville before he could do any more harm.

"The defendant admitted to stabbing the victim in the neck simply because the victim called him a name," Deputy Prosecutor John B. Castleton Jr. told the court in asking for the high bail. "The autopsy revealed that the victim was stabbed multiple times about the head, face, and neck."

Courville has a 2010 conviction for second-degree robbery out of Pierce County, which arose out of a shoplifting from a department store.

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