Most folks agree the holidays are about spending time with your family. However, insults and spiritual-moment stabbings aren't usually part of the equation.
But that's exactly what the King County Prosecutor's Office says took hold of one family this Christmas Eve, and 24-year-old Bradley P. Courville of Auburn has been charged with second-degree murder because of it. Authorities say Courville stabbed his 26-year-old cousin, Oliver Quinn, to death early on the morning of Dec. 24, angered by the fact Quinn apparently called him a "bitch." During his arrest, according to the Seattle PI, Courville told responding officers the murder happened amidst what he called a "spiritual" moment.
As noted by the Levi Pulkinnen of the PI, in addition to fatally stabbing his cousin in the neck with a butcher knife, Courville stands accused of accosting and attempting to disarm a police officer during the interrogation process.
All of it adds up to one bizarre and tragic Christmas story.
It all started after police responded to a report of a stabbing in the 4000 block of Auburn Way South at approximately 1 a.m. Christmas Eve morning. When police arrived, Quinn was dead, and Courville was nowhere to be found ... at least for the moment.
Citing charging documents, the PI notes:
Police subsequently spoke with a witness to the killing who said Courville had stabbed his cousin, an Auburn police detective told the court. Courville emerged from some shrubbery nearby and turned himself in to police.
According to charging documents, Courville admitted that he killed his cousin while experiencing a "spiritual" moment. Courville allegedly told police he stabbed Quinn after the other man called him [a bitch].
Midway through the interview with detectives, Courville threw a cup of coffee at an officer inside the interview room in an effort to escape, the Auburn detective continued.
Courville turned off the light inside the room and struggled with the officer, eventually managing to wrest his duty sidearm from its holster, the detective told the court. The officer managed to regain control of the gun with the help of several detectives.
According to the PI, as of Thursday evening Courville remained in jail on $1 million bail. In addition the second-degree murder charges, prosecutors have also charged Courville with disarming a police officer and third-degree assault stemming from his subsequent altercation with police during the interview process.