A Lakewood man might face murder charges because the woman he was accused of assaulting last year died Monday.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine whether Kimberly Legacy’s death was caused, at least in part, by injuries she sustained during an assault Aug. 1, 2012.
Prosecutors then would decide whether to charge Lester Mathison, 63, with murder. Mathison was charged last year with first-degree assault in the attack on Legacy, who also used the last name Connell. He’s pleaded not guilty and is jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Details on Legacy’s death were not immediately available. Prosecutors said last year she might not survive her injuries, which included a blood clot in her head.
Legacy and Mathison became roommates last year after Legacy’s boyfriend kicked her out of his home because he believed she drank too much, court records show. The pair often stayed in motels, according to Legacy’s mother.
They were staying at La Casa Motel, 12807 Pacific Highway SW, at the time of the attack.
Mathison called Legacy’s mom to say he couldn’t wake Legacy up. When her mother arrived at the motel, Legacy reportedly was naked on the floor beneath a sheet in a pool of urine. She was foaming at the mouth, court records show.
They called 911 and Legacy, 42, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, where she underwent surgery for the blood clot and was placed on a ventilator because she remained unconscious.
A forensic nurse said the head injury likely was caused by an assault, according to court records. Legacy also had bruises on her legs, arms and right shoulder and above both eyes.
During an interview with police, Mathison “admitted that he had a fight with the victim and head-butted her during the fight,” charging papers state. “He also admitted to punching the victim and kicking her.”Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 firstname.lastname@example.org