This morning in King County court Janice Burrell - who Daily Weekly readers may remember from late May and allegations she stabbed and killed her husband in the back of a 1996 Honda Accord after drinking three 211 Steel Reserve malt-liquor beverages - pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges. At the time of her arrest police say Burrell claimed to be tired of her husband, Arthur Smith, beating her.
Two witnesses were also encountered at the scene - Smith's' nephew, Jerohal Davis, and Smith's son, Tyrell Barbush - who were both allegedly in the car at the time of the stabbing.
Most importantly, Arthur Smith was found "sitting in the middle of the back seat of the vehicle with his head back against the seat."
Charging documents state:
Officer Majack contacted Burrell at the scene and asked, "Janice, what did you do?" She turned to Officer Majack and stated, "You know me, Ofc. Spooner (maiden name), you know me ..." Burrell stammered, took a deep breath, and continued, "I killed him, I killed him. You know what he does to me ..." Officer Majack asked Burrell if she was injured, she replied, "no, I aint. I am so tired of him beating on me..."
Prosecutors say that due to the large amount of blood found on Burrell's clothing police detained her. While being patted down, Burrell allegedly told Officer Majack, "I don't have the knife anymore..." before being placed in the back of a patrol car.
According to KOMO, Burrell is being held on $1 million bail.