Woman and her cousin arrested in north Spokane stabbing

Major Crimes Detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office are investigating a fatal stabbing that happened Wednesday night in north Spokane. 

Deputies were called to a report of a stabbing at a home on N. Atlantic near Holy Cross Cemetery. Deputies and officers from the Spokane Police Department arrived to find a man bleeding heavily from a stab wound to his chest. Medical attention was given to the man and he was taken to the hospital, however, he died a short time later. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, detectives were initially told the victim was stabbed during an altercation with three men as he was walking back to an apartment with his girlfriend, identified as 33-year-old Tanessa M. Wilturner. 

Detectives found no signs of blood or a struggle along the route Wilturner described. 

"The only indications of heavy bleeding were located on the second-floor walkway near the apartment where the victim had collapsed," according to a release from the Sheriff's Office. 

Residents of the complex said they heard arguing at the apartment in the previous days and just before law enforcement arrived Wednesday night. 

"With the evidence recovered, coupled with the information learned during interviews as the investigation continued throughout the night and morning, the investigation turned from the initial information reported by Wilturner to a domestic violence incident between her and the victim," the Sheriff's Office said. 

Thursday afternoon, detectives developed probable cause to arrest Wilturner and her 27-year-old cousin, Selena M. Akridge-Davis, and charge them with 2nd Degree Murder. 

The investigation into this fatal stabbing continues and detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Detective Mike Drapeau at (509) 477-6920. 

(story & photo: KHQ.com)

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