Son with history of mental illness held on $1M bail in slaying case
Brodie Lamb, 42, is being held on $1 million bail, accused of fatally stabbing his mother in the neck inside their White Center apartment Tuesday afternoon. Lamb has a history of assaultive behavior, mental illness and drug and alcohol problems, according to court records.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A King County District Court judge set bail at $1 million Wednesday for a 42-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his mother in the neck.
Brodie Lamb waived his first appearance before Judge Marcine Anderson on the advice of a defense attorney who did not want Lamb to be photographed by the news media.
Anderson found probable cause to hold Lamb, who according to court records has a history of mental illness, on investigation of second-degree murder. The deadline for filing official charges is Friday, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorneys Office.
Lamb became enraged when his mother refused to let him inside the White Center apartment they shared in the 1300 block of Southwest 100th Street around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against him. He kicked down the door, grabbed a large kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbed his mother in the neck, the statement says. He was arrested at the apartment and was later booked into the King County Jail.
Investigators with the King County Medical Examiner's Office are awaiting scientific identification before releasing the name of Lamb's 69-year-old mother.
She is identified in court records as Margaret Ryan.
On Wednesday afternoon, Scott Schaefer, the publisher of South King Media, a collection of online community blogs, posted an item about Ryan, identifying her as a reporter and sales representative for The White Center Blog.
According to court records, Lamb is schizophrenic and has had problems with drugs and alcohol. In 2008, Lamb was found guilty of fourth-degree assault for punching his mother in the face, the records show.
That same year, Lamb's father and stepmother were granted a protection order against him. Their petition referred to assaults on his father and stepmother and aggressive behavior toward his sister.
At the time, Lamb had not been taking his medication for a year and would constantly call or show up at his father's house, asking for food and money, the petition says.
In a later court record, Lamb's father wrote that he worried his son would not comply with court orders to undergo mental and chemical-dependency treatment.
"Until he complies, my wife and I fear hostile action," the father wrote.
Lamb unsuccessfully tried to have the protection order terminated, the records show.
In 2009, Lamb was charged with attempted second-degree assault for punching and kicking his 75-year-old landlady and attempting to throw her off a deck 12 feet above the ground, according to court records. In that case, a King County Superior Court judge ordered a forensic psychiatric evaluation by a doctor at Western State Hospital and allowed Lamb to be forcibly medicated, the records say. After a 90-day confinement at the hospital, Lamb was found competent to stand trial.
He later pleaded guilty in the case and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, the court records show. Lamb's defense attorney asked that his Western State competency evaluation be sealed, which the King County Prosecutor's Office objected to, according to court records.
In a 21-page brief opposing the sealing of the records, a deputy prosecutor wrote that "the public has a legitimate interest in understanding the dangerousness of this defendant."
Lamb's medical report and forensic psychiatric evaluation were sealed by Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson, the records show. While Robinson ordered a redacted version of one evaluation be made part of the public record, it is heavily redacted and includes five pages that are completely blanked out.
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