Man charged in stabbing death of his mother

Herald staff

SEATTLE — A man has been charged with first-degree murder after reportedly admitting that he stabbed his mother to death with a butcher knife.

Bail was set at $1 million for James Corne, 28, on Friday, two days after the death of his mother, Peggy Ann Corne, 54, at her home in Auburn.

Corne was transferred to the medical and psychiatric unit at the King County jail from the Regional Justice Center in Kent because he was despondent, deputy prosecutor Dan Satterberg said.

Documents filed in Superior Court said Corne had been drinking and began arguing with his mother when she scolded his 12-year-old daughter for interrupting a conversation.

"She would not shut up and kept pushing my buttons," prosecutors quoted him as saying. "I just took a butcher knife and stabbed her in the chest."

After pulling the knife from his mother’s chest, Corne also twice tried to stab his father, Ronald, but was knocked to the floor by his older brother, Patrick, who hit him with a chair, the documents stated.

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