Suspects in fatal stabbing appear in court - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Suspects in fatal stabbing appear in court

SPOKANE, Wash. - The three suspects in Tuesday's fatal stabbing that left 19-year-old Michael Lyng dead made their first appearance in court Thursday. Christopher Harper, Josh Harper and Robert Waters were arrested Wednesday morning in connection with the stabbing and charged with Second Degree Murder. Christopher and Josh are brothers. Bail is set for the three suspects at $1 million.

Police say the incident that resulted in the stabbing started at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after one of the Harper's assaulted a woman at Spofford and Monroe at a house where police say one of the brothers lived.

After being assaulted, police say the woman called her friend Mike and when he arrived, a fight broke out between him, Christopher, Joseph and Waters.

Mike was able to get away from the house, but did get cut on his elbow. He left and went about ten blocks down the street to Augusta and Monroe where he met up with Lyng, the eventual stabbing victim.

The three suspects found Mike there and once again instigated a fight. Police say Lyng stepped in to help Mike and that's when he was stabbed in the chest. The suspects fled from the scene and tossed the knife over the Maple Street Bridge where police later recovered it.

Police say Lyng died on the way to the hospital sometime around 11 p.m.

At 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, the brothers had still not been found and SWAT team members were called in to search the home on Spofford; a search that turned up no suspects.

Police were finally able to locate Christopher and Josh after an acquaintance gave them their dad's phone number who in turn gave police one of the brothers' phone numbers. Police called the brothers and they turned themselves in at the police station, along with Waters.

Probable Cause points toward Waters as the one who stabbed Lyng, but medical examiners noticed at least one other stab wound from a different knife. Detectives say all three were involved and all three deservce the murder charge.

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