A man arrested in the fatal stabbing of his niece’s boyfriend Sunday night told police he was tired of the constant arguing between the two, court documents say.
Jesse James Holmes, 59, appeared in Everett District Court on Tuesday. He was arrested for investigation of second-degree murder. Bail was set at $250,000.
The Snohomish County medical examiner identified the victim as Robert Earl Jackson, 39. Jackson died of a stab wound to the chest.
Holmes lived with Jackson, his niece and her mother at a Marysville duplex in the 6700 block of 60th Place NE.
The two men were arguing when Holmes grabbed a knife from the kitchen and swung it at Jackson four or five times, according to court records.
A witness told police Jackson held up his arms to defend himself, but Holmes stabbed him once in the chest.
Jackson’s girlfriend drove him to Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington, but he died before arriving at the hospital.
Initially, Holmes told police that Jackson came to the door holding his side and bleeding. He said he and his niece helped him to the car.
Later, he told investigators that he had grown tired of the fighting between his niece and her boyfriend, according to court documents.
A witness told police that Holmes tried to clean up the blood with a towel and an afghan throw. He put the knife in the kitchen sink.