Seattle man charged with murder in death of roommate

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle man has been charged in the death of his roommate who authorities say was stabbed 60 to 70 times in the city's Wallingford neighborhood.

 

KCPQ-TV reports 25-year-old Ian Flaherty was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the March death of 38-year-old Lalita Byrnes. His bail was raised to $10 million.

 

According to court documents, Flaherty told investigators that he had heard Byrnes and an unknown man arguing in the home. He says the two later began attacking him for unknown reasons. He says he fled and called police.

 

Police say that Byrnes had told Flaherty that she wanted him to move out.

 

The King County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy finding Byrnes with the numerous stab wounds with the most significant being a slash to her throat.

 

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Information from: KCPQ-TV, http://q13fox.com/

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