Burien man pleads not guilty in fatal stabbing at Federal Way motel

Video footage shows Nicky Juneau apparently assaulting 30-year-old who tries to run away before he is killed.

A Burien man charged with fatally stabbing a man at a Federal Way motel in January pleaded not guilty to the crime on Feb. 6 at King County Superior Court.

Nicky Juneau, 31, is being held on $2 million bail. His case setting hearing is set for Feb. 19 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

According to the second-degree murder charges, Juneau along with several others allegedly started a fight with 30-year-old Sean McMullin on Jan. 9 on the open-air walkway of the Days Inn Motel. The altercation was over the alleged theft of Juneau’s girlfriend’s money.

In video surveillance of the murder, Juneau knocks on the door of the room McMullin was staying in. McMullin comes out of his room and proceeds down the walkway with Juneau and several others.

Shortly after, a fight breaks out as McMullin gets away at one point before returning as the fight continues, according to the video surveillance.

During the fight, Juneau makes apparent quick jabbing motions at McMullin’s chest, after which McMullin attempts to run away but disappears off-screen of the footage.

McMullin’s body was found on the walkway where he was shown to have fallen in the footage with two stab wounds to his chest, police confirmed.

Juneau was arrested a week after the murder at the Golden Kent Motel where police tracked his cellphone.

The others with Juneau at the time of the murder were not charged with any related crimes.