Man in court in fatal stabbing of estranged wife in Vancouver

A Vancouver lady who was stabbed to demise on Sunday was denied a full warrant of safety in opposition to her husband, regardless of alleging that he bodily and emotionally abused her and her younger son.

Michael Ryan Murrah, 45, appeared in Clark County Superior Court docket Monday on suspicion of first diploma homicide in her homicide. She is recognized within the courtroom information as 45-year-old Monica Murrah. Court docket paperwork within the civil protection order case present that it went to Star Murrah.

Choose Suzan Clark set Michael Murrah’s bail at $ 2 million and put his cost on November 19.

Vancouver police say the couple’s 8-year-old son was in the home when the knife was stabbed. Assistant Legal professional Jeff McCarty instructed Clark that the kid apparently understood what occurred. Clark ordered Michael Murrah to haven’t any contact with the kid.

Based on courtroom information, Star Murrah was granted an injunction in opposition to her husband on July 8, 2020. She wrote that she feared for her son and her life, and reported a number of incidents courting again no less than to 2017.

However at a listening to on August 4, 2020, Supreme Court docket Commissioner Carin Schienberg denied Star Murrah’s request to reissue the safety order for inadequate motive. Reached by telephone on Monday afternoon, Schienberg’s authorized assistant mentioned the commissioner had no remark.

Vancouver police responded at 10:39 a.m. on Sunday on the 2400 block of F Road within the Arnada neighborhood. One caller reported {that a} man stabbed his spouse and left. When the police arrived, they discovered Michael Murrah outdoors the home with a knife and an affidavit that seemed to be blood on his arms.

Officers arrested him and carried out CPR on Star Murrah, courtroom information say. She was taken to a hospital the place she succumbed to her accidents.

When the police interviewed Michael Murrah, he reportedly instructed them that he stabbed somebody he known as a “starbeast” to meet a prophecy. He later instructed them that he and his spouse had been getting a divorce and that he had come to her house with a knife and a Bible. Police mentioned he admitted killing her “in chilly blood” and stabbing her a number of occasions within the neck, the affidavit mentioned.

Vancouver police had beforehand contacted the couple. Officers had been known as on stories of a home violence assault in November 2017. They didn’t arrest anybody that day however handed over data sheets on home violence to each Star and Michael Murrah, based on courtroom information.

She known as the police once more in July 2020 to report that Michael Murrah had closed their joint financial institution accounts whereas visiting the household in California together with her son. She instructed officers about two different circumstances wherein he allegedly assaulted her, based on courtroom information. She additionally instructed police that home violence attorneys had advisable that her keep in California and procure a safety order.

She filed for divorce on August 14, 2020, and courtroom information present {that a} trial was scheduled for February 14.

A GoFundMe for the lady’s household had raised greater than $ 6,800 by Monday afternoon.

“With this sudden tragedy, our household wants assist getting Star house to California and giving her the correct burial she deserves,” reads the fundraising web page. To donate, go to