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Court: Fatal Capitol Hill stabbing sparked by fight over declined cigarette lighter — UPDATE

A King County Superior Court judge Thursday found probable cause to hold David Nichols in jail for murder in the second degree and assault in the second degree. Seattle Police announced they had arrested Nichols Wednesday for the deadly overnight stabbing at Cal Anderson Park early Sunday that left 25-year-old Rayshauna Webber dead.

His bail was set at $2,000,000. Nichols has not yet been charged in the case.

UPDATE 7/22/2019 2:54 PM: Nichols has now been charged in the murder:

David Lee Nichols has been charged with Murder in the second degree-Deadly Weapon, and Assault in the second degree-Deadly Weapon.  He will have an arraignment hearing on August 5 at 8:30AM, E1201.  Bond remains at $2,000,000.

SPD identified the suspect publicly after taking Nichols into custody thanks to video surveillance from a nearby business and credit card information from an E Pine business he patronized that night, according to court documents.

According to the court documents, two women were with the victim when she was stabbed and one was also injured in the just before 3 AM melee in the middle of Pike/Pine’s late nightlife scene. They told police the incident began when the suspect later identified as Nichols approached the group on the edge of the park and offered to light one of the women’s cigarettes. “When they declined he replied with a derogatory comment,” police write. “They said they tried to talk to him. The suspect pushed XXXXX who pushed him in the chest. At some point the suspect also ‘hit’ XXXXX. XXXXX fell down and once she was down she discovered that she was in blood that was on the ground. She then discovered that XXXXX had been stabbed and was bleeding profusely.”

Police say Nichols got into his car parked on E Pine near 10th and sped away from the scene.

With the help of security video and the credit card information, police were able to identify Nichols and included his photo in a montage shown to witnesses in the days following the murder. He was identified and taken into custody in Tacoma Wednesday. According to court records, the 50-year-old works as a truck driver and lives in Fife.

Police say Nichols admitted he was involved in the incident when he was interviewed following his arrest. “He said he produced a ‘Karambit’ knife in the course of the disturbance with the three women,” police write. “He ended up running away from the woman (sic) after one of them was stabbed. When he got to his car he saw that he had blood on his hands and on the knife.”

Police say Nichols threw the knife — a karambit is a small Indonesian curved knife resembling a claw — and its sheath out of the car window as he drove home after the deadly stabbing.


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very concerned
very concerned
1 year ago

Is there any way to find out what the language of the derogatory comment was? Could this be yet another hate crime in Capitol Hill?

DS
DS
1 year ago

2 people were stabbed. What’s the deal with the 2nd one? If her was a melee, what are the details of that?

Travis
Travis
1 year ago

Sadly I don’t think this will be the last murder Cal Anderson sees this summer.

Juanita Porter
1 year ago

I pray they fry his ass for what he did he she lift her daughter behind and she is the only one who can take care of her the way she do this don’t make any since this happen the way it did we need justice for her ASAP.

dftl
dftl
1 year ago
Reply to  Juanita Porter

No death penalty in Washington; we will be paying for his food, clothing, and housing for several decades.

Also, notice the use of punctuation.

MarciaX
MarciaX
1 year ago
Reply to  dftl

Paying for his food, clothing and “housing” (haha) for several decades is actually cheaper than a death penalty prosecution would be. By a lot.

That said, I would still support capital punishment if it brought the victim back to life, regardless of the cost. If you can figure out a way for that to happen, I’m with you. Fry him.

Ruth Kirschner
Ruth Kirschner
1 year ago

I can’t believe this she was a.amazing,loving ,smart young lady a mom ,daughter and sister and he lefted her laying there like she was a dog. I will never forgive he..

Juanita Porter
1 year ago
Reply to  Ruth Kirschner

It’s just not enough this will never bring her back I will never hear her voice or see her smile he took all of that away this hurts so bad it’s like ripping my heart out and stepping on it shit will never be the same