Olympia woman arraigned on murder charge

Staff writerMay 14, 2013 

Lia Yera Tricomo, 27, appears in Thurston County Superior Court Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by video. She pleaded not guilty on May 14, to a charge of first-degree murder domestic violence. (CHELSEA KROTZER/Staff writer)

A 27-year-old Olympia woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted first-degree murder and first-degree murder in connection with her former Behavioral Health Resources counselor's strangulation death at his Sunset Beach Drive home on April 29.

Lia Tricomo, was ordered held at the Thurston County Jail during her arraignment Tuesday, with bail set at $1 million.

Tricomo is accused of slitting John Alkins throat with a folding razor knife after they had sexual relations at his home, then strangling him to death with an extension cord, court papers state.

Alkins, 58, is a former BHR counselor. BHR fired Alkins in December after he “violated BHR policies concerning professional boundaries,” according to a BHR spokeswoman.

Tricomo has told Thurston County sheriff's deputies she had moved into Alkins home on April 29, the same day that she is accused of fatally stabbing and strangling him.

Tricomo, who has a history of mental health issues, has told detectives that she had a social relationship with Alkins that began while he was providing her with mental health services at BHR. Tricomo added that Alkins was no longer employed at BHR because “he was terminated several months ago due to an inappropriate relationship with another patient.”

Tricomo has a history of violence and a history of mental health issues. She was convicted of third-degree assault in 2009, and is on diversion for a fourth-degree assault charge. Tricomo's mother and sister were present in the courtroom during her arraignment Monday. Alkins' family members also were present.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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