Suspect charged with second-degree murder in stabbing

From staff reports:

A suspect in the stabbing of a Federal Way man has been charged with second-degree murder.

Tulua Siu is accused of stabbing 67-year-old James Spack to death in an apartment in the 30600 block of Pacific Highway South. Siu, 18, remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 19 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

At 6:54 a.m. Sept. 2, officers were dispatched to the scene of a minor collision in the 30400 block of 28th Avenue South. At the scene of the collision was Siu, who was dressed only in boxer shorts and was not wearing shoes, according to police. A Federal Way officer at the scene reported that Siu was covered in what appeared to be dried blood all over his feet, thighs, boxer shorts and hands.

Officers went to the apartment belonging to the registered owner of the vehicle Siu had been driving at the time of the collision. Upon arriving at the residence, police discovered a male who was deceased. The victim’s body was covered with what appeared to be 20 to 30 stab wounds, and near the body was a broken knife blade as well as the handle to the blade, both of which appeared to be covered with blood, according to police.

In an interview with detectives, Siu said he punched, stabbed and choked James Spack after initially denying involvement in any physical altercation, according to charging papers. Also in the charging papers, Siu is quoted as saying "I killed him, I killed James."

On Sept. 3, the King County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the body believed to Spack. Most of the victim’s stab wounds were on his head, neck, shoulders and upper torso, and the cause of death was blood loss associated with the wounds, according to charging papers.


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