57-year-old male dies Thursday; daughter charged
WHATCOM — Shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, county sheriff’s deputies responded on a report of a male who had been stabbed at a residence in the 4700 block of Mission Road, said chief deputy Kevin Hester of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office in a press release.
Responders found a 57-year-old male who had suffered a life-threatening stab wound to the upper torso. He was immediately transported via ambulance to St. Joseph hospital for emergency surgery.
This is the sequence of events given by Hester:
Detectives and crime scene investigators were able to determine that the victim’s 33-year-old daughter and a male friend had come to the residence for a visit around 9:45 p.m. The daughter was identified as Kali M. McConnell of Bellingham.
In the course of the brief visit, Hester said, an argument developed between the victim and the male friend. During this argument, the daughter assaulted a 53-year-old female who also lived at the residence. The female victim was punched in the face, knocking out a tooth. She was then physically dragged by her hair out of the residence by McConnell and ordered to leave. During this time frame, McConnell is also alleged to have stolen the female victim’s phone. McConnell returned inside the residence and in the course of the continuing argument allegedly stabbed her father one time in the upper torso.
At approximately 9:54 p.m. McConnell and the male friend fled the scene in a late-model silver Cadillac sedan. As soon as the suspects had left, the female victim reentered the residence and found the man in a pool of blood; she asked for help, stating that his daughter had stabbed him.
The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office immediately began searching for the suspects and attempting to track the female victim’s stolen phone. Several areas of Whatcom County were checked during the night and a “watch-for” was put out on the suspect vehicle, but it was not located.
On the afternoon of Thursday, April 23, the male friend, identified as 29-year-old Zachary I. Tellez of Ferndale, was located in Whatcom County. He voluntarily came to the Sheriff’s Office and was questioned in regard to the incident and he was later released.
Around 4:30 p.m. on April 23, information obtained from the investigation led deputies and detectives to a residence near Arlington. With assistance from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Kali M. McConnell was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Whatcom County. The suspect vehicle that she had been driving was also located at the residence and impounded back to the Whatcom Sheriff’s Office for processing. During an interview, McConnell admitted to stabbing her father during the argument, Hester said.
Later that evening, the Sheriff’s Office was notified the 57-year-old victim had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital at around 5:40 p.m. The Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s Office took over jurisdiction of the body and an autopsy was scheduled for Friday, April 24. The name of the victim was not being released.
Kali M. McConnell was booked into the Whatcom County Jail at around 9 p.m. April 23 without bail on investigation of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault. More information will be released as the investigation continues.