The man in a drug-induced frenzy who police say they had to tackle as he tried to strangle and stab his boyfriend to death inside a Broadway apartment last Thursday night has been charged with attempted murder and assault, according to prosecutors.
Branden Miskell, 30, was arrested after police were able to stop the bloody attack just before midnight on January 11th. Police say the suspect admitted he was trying to kill his boyfriend.
Police at the scene said it appeared that Miskell was exhibiting signs of excited delirium, a condition of extreme agitation and physical aggression usually associated with heavy drug use. According to the charges, Miskell told police he had consumed “marijuana chocolate” prior to the attack:
According to police, the end of the assault was captured on video by the body cameras on the arriving officers.
The police report includes the victim’s account of his terrifying attempts to escape Miskell and call police:
The 29-year-old victim continues to recover from his injuries.
According to the police report on the incident, Miskell and the victim moved to Seattle together from Georgia and lived together in the third-floor Lyric building apartment where the attack unfolded.
King County prosecutors say Miskell has no significant criminal history.
Miskell has not yet entered a plea on the domestic violence charges. Prosecutors asked that he be held on $1 million bail.