Son says he killed father because of sexual abuse


The Mirror

A man accused of stabbing and killing his father in a Federal Way retirement community allegedly told police he did it because his father sexually abused him.

David A. Jaber, 49, was charged June 28 with second-degree murder in the death of his father, Fred Jaber, 78, and was being held on $1 million bail.

He could face 12 to 20 years in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to be arraigned July 12.

On June 26, Federal Way Police officers responded to a call from the Willamette Court Apartments and found the elder Jaber with a large kitchen knife in his back and screaming for help outside an apartment. He told them his son had stabbed him and was in his apartment on the next floor.

According to charging papers from the King County prosecuting attorney, David Jaber was inside the apartment and complied with officers’ instructions when they arrested him. After he was read his rights, Jaber told the officers his father had molested him since he was a child. When he moved into the apartment in February, part of the agreement was the younger Jaber would perform sexual favors for his father, he told authorities.

Earlier that evening, he called his mother and told her about the abuse and she responded that she didn’t care, according to court papers. The mother told police later she didn’t know about the sexual abuse until that night.

The call ended with David Jaber allegedly telling his mother, “I’m going to kill him.” Fred Jaber was apparently not at the apartment during the call.

David Jaber told police that after the telephone call, he confronted his father in an angry conversation about the abuse while they were in the kitchen. As his father walked out, Jaber stabbed him in the back with a kitchen knife, according to court papers. Fred Jaber died at a hospital from a punctured aorta.

When police investigators talked to David Jaber’s mother, she told them she had three conversations with her son that evening. The first one was heated and he apparently told her about the sexual abuse and reminded her of the physical abuse she suffered while married to Fred Jaber, court records state.

Later, she called to calm her son down and heard an argument in the background. The phone then hung up. A short time later, her son called and told her he had “hurt” Fred Jaber, according to authorities.

The phone was put down a second time and she told police she screamed into it for her son or ex-husband to pick up. Minutes later, she heard a knock at the apartment door and someone say, “Turn around and put your hands behind your back.”

The mother corroborated to police her son’s account that Fred Jaber had physically abused her while they were married and the children knew it.

She also told police her son had damaged her furniture when he had been angry with her earlier.

Staff writer Mike Halliday: 925-5565,

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Oct 21
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates