$500,000 bail set in Monroe slaying

Herald staff

A 33-year-old Monroe man with a long criminal record was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail Wednesday in connection with the sexual assault and death of a woman who was last seen leaving a tavern Nov. 12.

Scott Allen Fischer is being held for investigation of first-degree murder and first-degree rape in the death of Tina M. Wallace, 39, also of Monroe.

She was last seen leaving the Chopping Block Tavern in that town.

Her body was found Nov. 27 south of Monroe in the 20800 block of 167th Avenue SE.

According to documents filed in Everett District Court, Fischer was seen leaving the tavern about the same time as Wallace.

Fischer appeared briefly Wednesday in a court hearing. Pro-tem Judge Geoffrey Gibbs ordered the high bail. Michael Magee, assistant chief criminal deputy prosecutor, said he is waiting for additional evidence before deciding whether to charge Fischer.

The prosecutor’s office has until the close of business Friday to file charges, or Fischer will be freed.

An autopsy showed Wallace died from numerous blows to the head, and her killer likely sexually assaulted her.

According to witnesses, Fischer had been sitting with Wallace at the tavern.

He offered to give her a ride home, and they left together, documents say.

Her body was found partly nude, and some of her clothing was found in the vicinity. Investigators also found a bloodstained sweat shirt that might have been worn at different times by both Fischer and his wife.

Although Fisher changed his story numerous times and admitted he lied to police, he has maintained his innocence, documents say.

However, he could not account for numerous bloodstains on the passenger side of the interior of the Isuzu Impulse that Fischer had been driving the night of Wallace’s disappearance, documents say.

Records show Fischer has felony convictions for burglary, escape and possession of methamphetamine.

He also has 16 misdemeanor convictions including drunken-driving offenses, domestic violence assaults and two violations of protection orders.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Mel Jennings sits in his structure during a point-in-time count of people facing homelessness in Everett, Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. Mel has had a brain and spinal surgery, and currently has been homeless for a year. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Annual homeless count aims to give snapshot of housing crisis

Volunteers set out into the rain Tuesday to count all the people facing homelessness in central Everett.

Catherine Berwicks loads ballots into a tray after scanning them at the Snohomish County Elections Ballot Processing Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Everett, Wa.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Lawmakers push to boost voting in county jails across the state

A House bill envisions an approach similar to what’s been happening in the Snohomish County Jail for several years.

Vandalism at Seaview Park on Jan. 21, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Edmonds Police Department)
Police seek suspects in repeated vandalism at Edmonds parks

Vandals have done over $10,000 of damage to parks across the city, including suspected arson and graffiti with hate speech.

One worker looks up from the cargo area as another works in what will be the passenger compartment on one of the first Boeing 787 jets as it stands near completion at the front of the assembly line, Monday, May 19, 2008, in Everett, Wash. The plane, the first new Boeing jet in 14 years, is targeted for power on in June followed by an anticipated first flight sometime late in 2008.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Boeing workers long-exposed to carcinogen far above legal limits

The company confirmed in depositions that parts of its Everett plant still don’t meet 2010 standards.

CarlaRae Arneson, of Lynnwood, grabs a tea press full of fresh tea from Peanut the server robot while dining with her 12-year-old son Levi at Sushi Hana on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Lynnwood, Washington. CarlaRae said she and her son used to visit the previous restaurant at Sushi Hana’s location and were excited to try the new business’s food. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Peanut the robot waitress is on a roll at Lynnwood’s Sushi Hana

She’s less RoboCop and more Rosey as she patrols the restaurant, making sure everyone has a drink and good time.

Traffic moves along Highway 526 in front of Boeing’s Everett Production Facility on Nov. 28, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / Sound Publishing)
Boeing settles with Everett security guard claiming chemical exposure

Holly Hawthorne was assigned to Building 45-335 at the south end of Paine Field, while employees used aerosolized chemical sprays nearby.

A section of contaminated Wicks tidelands on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Port acquisition marks next step in toxic cleanup on Everett waterfront

Private owners donated land near the contaminated Wicks Tide Flats to the Port of Everett. Cleanup work could begin within the year.

FILE - In this photo taken Oct. 2, 2018, semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee is joining state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to propose limits to magazine capacity and a ban on the sale of assault weapons. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Democrats advance assault weapons ban, new rules for gun buyers

The measures passed a House committee without Republican support. They are part of a broader agenda to curb gun violence.

U.S. Attorney Nick Brown and the victim of a brutal attack in 2018 answer questions from reporters on Jan. 27, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Jake Goldstein-Street / The Herald)
White supremacists sentenced for racist beating at Lynnwood bar

A federal judge handed out stiffer sentences than prosecutors had asked for in a series of sentencing hearings Friday.

Most Read