A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a count of second-degree attempted murder for stabbing his mother-in-law in the throat at her home last year.
Trent King, 39, is scheduled to be sentenced in mid-November.
Under his Alford plea in Thurston County Superior Court, he does not admit guilt but concedes that there is evidence to convict him.
According to court papers:
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Olympia police were dispatched to an Ensign Road address in September 2009 after a report of a disturbance. A 61-year-old woman had been stabbed in the throat and torso and had suffered blunt-force trauma to the head. She told police “Trent” was responsible.
An investigating Olympia police detective spoke to King’s mother, and she told him her son was schizophrenic and mentally unstable.
Police arrested King at his Lewis County home after discovering blood on the steering wheel of his vehicle and noticing that he had a cut finger and blood on his sweatpants.