Auburn woman pleads innocent to ax assault

The King County Prosecutor claims Daniell Meckle slammed an ax into her uncle’s head after threatening her aunt with it at Meckle’s trailer in Auburn’s Tall Cedars Mobile Home Park on Jan. 9.

At her arraignment last week, the 33-year-old Auburn woman pleaded not guilty to a single-count of first degree assault. Her case setting hearing is at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 in Courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Meckle is in King County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Doctors at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle treated Meckle’s uncle and expect him to survive.

Police say the assault was unprovoked. Witnesses recalled that in the days before the incident, however, Meckle alleged that her uncle had assaulted her.

According to the Certification for Determination of Probable Cause prepared by Auburn Police officers responded at 9:41 p.m. to a call from the mobile home park. What they found was a man in a trailer, bleeding profusely from his head. Two other people at the home identified the attacker as Daniell Meckle, who they said had left the trailer.

A witness told officers that the man was asleep on a couch in the living room when Meckle came out of her room and began arguing with her aunt, at which point the victim woke and sat up. According to what the aunt told police, she and her husband were visiting the aunt’s brother at the time, but Meckle didn’t want them in her home. She claimed that her niece lunged at her, swinging an ax, and she, the aunt, stepped back to avoid being hit.

Meckle then allegedly turned on her uncle and swung the ax downward, striking him once on the top of his head. The aunt said she heard a crack. According to a witness, Meckle had to use both hands to remove the ax.

According to witnesses, Meckle then went into her room, and emerged a short time later with a bag and left the trailer.

According to court records, when police arrived they found the victim lying on a couch, “bleeding profusely” from a wound in his head, and in so much pain he could not communicate with officers.”

Officers soon found and arrested Meckle.

Officers later found the ax buried in 2 feet of soil in a neighbor’s back yard, clean and smelling of laundry detergent. Meckle has no prior criminal convictions in Washington state.

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