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Federal Way man who allegedly stabbed girlfriend 100 times found competent to stand trial
This photo of Melinda O'Meara was downloaded from Kenneth Mace's profile on Facebook.
A King County Superior Court judge found a Federal Way man, who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death, competent to stand trial July 16 after nine months of competency restoration at Western State hospital.
Kenneth Mace is charged with murder, allegedly having stabbed his girlfriend Melinda O'Meara more that 100 times in a mobile home park in July 2012. Mace pleaded not guilty to the charge.
An autopsy revealed puncture wounds in nearly all O'Meara's vital organs, according to charging documents.
About a week before the 2012 murder, Mace had returned to the couple's home to find O'Meara's family moving her things out of the house. Mace told police he was a habitual drug user, including marijuana, heroin, Oxycontin and other opiate drugs. A drug recognition expert noticed an odor often associated with meth and noticed pupil constriction, a common characteristic of a person "coming down" from meth.
Mace told police he had returned from work on July 6, 2012 and O'Meara began harassing him, so he went into the bathroom, according to court documents. When he emerged, Mace said O'Meara was sitting on the couch with a knife in hand and Mace thought she was going to stab him. Mace told police he threw a glass marijuana bong at her head and was able to get the knife away from her. Mace said he didn't remember anything after that, according to documents. Later he told police he'd had time to eat a pork chop, take a shower and take a hit from the bong before he threw it at O'Meara.
Mace remains in jail, with bail set at $2 million, said Dan Donohoe, communications director for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
Mace's case setting hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.