Bail set at $1 million for woman accused in Sunset Beach Drive killing

Staff writerMay 1, 2013 

Bail has been set at $1 million for an Olympia woman accused of killing a 58-year-old Thurston County man by cutting his throat then strangling him to death with an extension cord Monday.

Lia Yera Tricomo, 27, was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly admitting to a Behavioral Health Resources counselor and police officers that she killed John P. Alkins.

Behavioral Health Resources is a mental health clinic on Martin Way where Tricomo is known by the staff, according to Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady.

Alkins was a former counselor at the clinic, according to Judith Hoefling, BHR community relations director. He left Behavioral Health Resources in September.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim of this tragic incident,” Hoefling said. “We do not know the motivation behind this tragic and senseless act, nor can we comment on it.”

Hoefling said the clinic is conducting an internal review related to the incident.

Tricomo made her preliminary appearance in Thurston County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon before Judge Carol Murphy. She is being accused of first-degree murder domestic violence.

Murphy set bail at $1 million. “I agree these are only allegations, but they are serious allegations,” Murphy said.

Police allege that Tricomo and Alkins were in a relationshop and that the killing occurred after “some sexual activity” Monday night.

Deputy prosecuting attorney Jennifer Lord alleged that Tricomo hid a knife and “tied the victim up in preparation to kill him” before cutting his throat “at least six times.” When Alkins tried to get the knife, “he was further cut,” Lord said.

Lord said Alkins bled for several hours before Tricomo allegedly “took an extension cord, wrapped it around his neck and pulled to strangle him.”

Lord said Tricomo then “drank more vodka” and went to sleep. “That indicates there is no remorse here,” she said.

Lord also said Tricomo tried to access Alkins’ bank account when she woke up Tuesday.

When Tricomo left the home Tuesday, police say she contacted a BHR counselor, saying she killed someone, but would not identify the victim or say where the killing took place.

Investigating sheriff’s deputies determined Tricomo may have been at Alkins’ home off the 3800 block of Sunset Beach Drive. They found Alkins dead upstairs in the home.

Court documents reveal Tricomo has a history of violence. She was convicted of third-degree assault in 2009, and is on diversion for a fourth-degree assault charge.

According to court records, Tricomo called police saying “she wanted to kill her family” and took 12 sleeping pills in February 2011. Tricomo’s sister tried to stop her from taking the pills, resulting in Tricomo hitting her “over the head with a glass bottle in order to get more pills.”

Tricomo has also been admitted to Western State Hospital where she was deemed “competent” and having “no diminished capacity,” Lord said.

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