30-year-old charged with murder in Fox Island stabbing

Staff writerDecember 30, 2013 

Jacob Glenn, 23, was found dead Nov. 21 on Fox Island.


A 30-year-old man arrested over the weekend in connection with the stabbing death of Gig Harbor resident Jacob Glenn was charged Monday with first-degree murder.

Jason Madron made his first court appearance in Pierce County Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $2 million.

Charging documents gave this account:

Madron and a group of friends drove from Tacoma to the parking lot of the Fox Island Grocery and Deli in the late hours of Nov. 20 to meet Glenn, 23, and buy drugs. Glenn got into the car, but instead of paying for the drugs, Madron and another man tried to rob him. Madron and Glenn got out of the car, and a fight broke out, during which Madron stabbed Glenn in the chest.

A man buying gas found Glenn’s body shortly after 5 a.m. Nov. 21.

The Medical Examiner determined that Glenn died from a stab wound to the chest that severed a major artery, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.

“This was a disturbing crime, particularly for the Fox Island community,” Lindquist said. “Sheriff’s detectives did a good job solving this case.”

According to court documents, a woman who heard Madron talking about the stabbing shortly after it happened contacted authorities this month. Detectives interviewed the woman two days after the incident, but at that time she denied knowing anything about the stabbing.

Later, after entering drug rehabilitation treatment, the woman contacted investigators and met with detectives Friday. She told them she had heard Madron talk about the stabbing while at a house in Tacoma.

While at the house, prosecutors said, a person who helped with the robbery asked why Madron stabbed Glenn after he already had taken the man’s money. Madron replied: “I didn’t mean to kill him. I just stabbed him one time. I didn’t expect him to die,” according to charging documents.

Detectives interviewed people in the car with Madron at the time of the stabbing. They all said they heard Madron say he stabbed Glenn, according to court records. Madron was arrested later Friday.

Detectives believe Glenn was a drug dealer, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. Investigators found “multiple kinds of drugs” and dealing equipment after serving a search warrant at his home, he said.

Glenn’s family has said he was not involved with drugs and was on track to run a water testing and filtration systems business.

Madron has prior felony convictions, including felony harassment and malicious mischief for an incident in 2004 in which he threatened to slit a paramedic’s throat, according to court records. He was sentenced to three months in prison for the harassment charge and had another year suspended for the malicious mischief charge.

He has pleaded guilty three times to unlawful possession of a controlled substance since 2005.

Brynn Grimley: 253-597-8467

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