Loniesh Veasey told Tacoma police she was high on crack cocaine when she argued with a friend, slashed her to death with a razor and swapped shoes with the woman before heading to the hospital to get stitches in her hand.
When an acquaintance found 49-year-old Ginny “Bridget” Thomas dead Feb. 12, police released no information about the homicide because there were few clues as to what unfolded inside Thomas’ South Eighth Street apartment.
A bloody pair of shoes, a fingerprint and phone records eventually helped lead detectives to Veasey, who pleaded not guilty Monday to the murder.
Veasey told police she was high on crack cocaine and Thomas was using heroin just before “an argument erupted over the types of drugs each used,” according to court documents.
She said Thomas stuck her in the palm with a syringe, sparking the fight, and then cut the back of Veasey’s hand with a razor.
Veasey used a razor wrapped in tissue during the struggle and told detectives she blacked out during the fight, court documents show.
Later, Veasey took off her shoes and put on a pair of Thomas’ shoes. She also pulled a pair of the victim’s sweatpants on over her own bloody pants.
Then she took Thomas’ cell phone, a pouch with the woman’s identification and credit card and the bloody razor and walked to St. Joseph Medical Center to get stitches, according to court documents.
It’s unclear how well Veasey and Thomas knew each other. Two people whom police said were the last to see Thomas alive the day before her death acknowledged buying drugs from her.