Charges: Parking dispute led to fatal stabbing at Fred Meyer

Greg J. McKnight, of Lynnwood, died at the hospital. A woman from Chicago has been charged with murder.

LYNNWOOD — A parking dispute led to the fatal stabbing of a handicapped man outside a Lynnwood Fred Meyer last month, according to charging papers.

Shayla Baylor, 26, of Chicago, was charged in Snohomish County Superior Court with second-degree murder.

Lynnwood police responded to reports of a stabbing on Jan. 24 in the 4600 block of 196th Street SW.

According to a police report, Greg J. McKnight, 62, of Lynnwood, had parked in a handicap spot and went into the Fred Meyer to go grocery shopping. He used an electric scooter to get around the store and was riding one when he came out.

He arrived at his car to find a Nissan Sentra parked illegally, blocking him from getting to the driver’s side door. Witnesses reported there were four people in the Nissan. One of the passengers allegedly was Baylor, who had a cross tattooed on the back of her neck.

The group of people and McKnight got into an argument over the parking job. McKnight appeared exhausted, witnesses reported. He had trouble keeping balance and leaned against his car to help him stand.

Meanwhile, Baylor was in a fit of rage, a witness reported. The driver of the Nissan reportedly tried to get Baylor to leave the man alone, but she wouldn’t.

Baylor crouched down in a “predatory stance” and allegedly thrust something at McKnight’s leg, a witness reported. McKnight turned around, apparently furious, and took two steps forward. He moved “slow and deliberate,” like an elderly man, a witness reportedly said. He was bleeding.

Baylor allegedly kept making stabbing motions. A bystander got between them. After a brief confrontation, Baylor and the group in the Nissan left, according to the police report.

The bystander, who was a nurse, treated McKnight until medics arrived. He was transported to a hospital, where he died.

Snohomish County Medical Examiner Dr. J. Matthew Lacy identified three cuts during an autopsy: two smaller ones on the back of McKnight’s right leg, and a larger, lethal cut on the back of his left leg.

The fatal cut, nearly a half-foot deep, had severed McKnight’s femoral artery. Lacy noted the cut would have been difficult to manage even if it had happened in a hospital, according to charging papers.

Later, a hotel worker called police, saying she believed the people in the Nissan were renting a room. The worker gave identifications for the suspects.

On Jan. 27, a deputy with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office spotted the Nissan’s license plate near Lodi, California. Baylor was arrested in the Oakland area on Feb. 1.

No one else has been arrested, according to police. The family has started a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses. Any funds raised in excess of those expenses will go toward the local Humane Society.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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