Western Washington man kills family with ax - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Western Washington man kills family with ax

ORTING, Wash. - Authorities say a 52-year-old Orting, Washington man used an ax to kill his wife and stepdaughter.

Police say the man called 911 late Friday night, and they arrived to find the gruesome scene.

Police said the house had been spray painted with several messages, including "I loved my wife" and "Sorry to my friends I could not get help."

Neighbors say the couple was going through a divorce, and the wife may have recently kicked him out of the house.

"From what you can see on his house, you can tell he's definitely hurting inside," said Steve Brown. "I'm not a psychologist, so I can't say what made that in his mind decide to do what he did."

Neighbors also said they saw him holding a garage sale just a few hours before the alleged murder.

"I know that they were going through a divorce, and perhaps that he was on some medication and went off of them," said Bambi Nichols.

52-year-old Barbara Nettlebeck worked at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, supervising inmates.

The staff is having a tough time dealing with the news of her death.

Corrections department spokesperson William Hayes released a statement saying: "It's a huge tragedy for the department. She was an excellent officer, liked by everyone."

The daughter worked for the Renton Police department for seven years in a non-commissioned position doing computer and clerical work.

"We deal with this kind of thing all the time but this really hits home," police spokesperson Paul Kline said.

According to court documents Barbara Nettlebeck had filed a restraining order against her husband, writing that "I am fearful for my personal safety and for the safe and humane treatment of the family animals. My husband is an angry person."
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