Crime

Man charged in fatal stabbing of woman in Puyallup apartment

Steven Roberts is led into Pierce County Superior Court for his arraignment Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.
Steven Roberts is led into Pierce County Superior Court for his arraignment Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Staff writer

A 57-year-old Puyallup man suspected of stabbing his girlfriend to death during a drunken rage was charged Monday with second-degree murder.

Steven Roberts was arrested late Saturday after neighbors in the Meridian Pointe apartments, 407 Valley Ave. NE, called 911 to report hearing a woman scream for help.

He pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of second-degree murder in the death of Carol Young, 57, and was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail.

On Saturday, after getting the report of screams at the apartment, officers repeatedly knocked on the front door but received no answer. All they heard was the dead bolt slide into place.

Police spotted Roberts on the deck and ordered him to open the door. He did, saying that everything was fine.

A search of the apartment found Young dead at the foot of the bed.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said she suffered 35 stab wounds to her chest and neck. She also had a swollen cheek and eye.

“Officers contacted neighbors who reported there had been constant ongoing fighting in the apartment at all hours of the day and night,” according to charging papers.

One neighbor heard Roberts repeatedly say, “You’re done” the night Young died.

Police arrested Roberts, who allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 when he was booked into the Pierce County Jail. For reference, the legal limit for driving is 0.08.

He woke up in his cell yelling, “I killed her. I killed her. I want my attorney. I want my attorney,” records show.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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