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By TRACY JOHNSON AND SAM SKOLNIK, P-I REPORTERS
Wednesday, March 23, 2006
A 13-year-old boy now charged with stabbing his grandmother to death had been plotting the crime, according to investigators, who say they found childishly awkward notes about an apparent plan to kill.
In court documents filed Thursday, King County sheriff’s investigators say the boy told them he’d been plotting to kill Louise Frazier by hitting her with a baseball bat and stabbing her as she slept in their South Seattle home.
Louise Frazier, seen in this photo shot four years ago, was stabbed to death at her Skyway home Monday.
His plan, according to investigators, was to put duct tape over her mouth to keep her from screaming.
On Thursday, as dozens of people gathered for a memorial to honor the 45-year-old woman, the grandson she’d been raising was charged with first-degree murder.
Prosecutors will ask a Juvenile Court judge for a hearing to decide whether the Dimmitt Middle School seventh-grader should be tried as an adult.
Frazier was killed Monday. She had been stabbed nine times and had bruises on her head and injuries on her arms from trying to fend off her killer.
The crime didn’t match the boy’s alleged plan. Investigators found signs of a struggle in the living room, an aluminum baseball bat on the floor and a knife in the kitchen sink, according to court documents.
Investigators say the boy went to a nearby house about 1 p.m. and told a neighbor he’d gotten mad, went for a walk and returned to find his grandmother bleeding to death on the floor.
A note found in the boy’s bedroom was titled “Kill.” It said, “what time: 9:05” and “what day: today,” with an added, apparently misspelled note, “tape … here eyes,” according to court documents.
Investigators say they found another poorly spelled note in his sister’s bedroom called “My plaled to kill somebody.” It mentioned the boy’s nickname: “… I am going to do it at 10:05 … We have a nivef and we have a tape dug tape to and Jo Joe don’t have to.”
Investigators say they have no indication that the boy’s sister, 11, was involved in the attack.
The boy, who had scratches on his arms, first denied knowing what happened but eventually told officers he’d killed the woman because she’d beat him, according to court papers.
Defense attorney Tracy Lapps, who represented the teen in a court hearing earlier this week, has said the killing may have been done in self-defense.
In court papers, investigators said the boy gave inconsistent stories about whether his grandmother was hitting him with a belt when he attacked her. He told them his grandmother was mad that he’d gotten in trouble again at school.
He also said he’d been taking Prozac and seeing a counselor, according to the documents. Neighbors have said he has problems learning.
On Thursday, family, neighbors and friends of Frazier recalled a loving grandmother who always put the thoughts of her grandchildren first.
About 40 mourners paid their respects during a public memorial that ended in front of Frazier’s home on 68th Avenue South.
Frazier’s two sisters, her son and an ex-husband remembered the Harborview nurse lovingly. Several others made a point of saying what a committed grandmother she had been to the boy now accused of killing her.
“I can say Louise was probably the most loyal, the most caring family member that one could have,” said Antonio Franklin, a longtime friend. “She disciplined him, but she didn’t beat him. She was the most loving, selfless person I’ve ever met.”
The killing, said Franklin, “makes me question my faith. But I certainly know she’s in a better place.”
Preachers from Restoration Bible Church in SeaTac led the group in prayer and lit candles before they walked to Frazier’s home and laid a wreath and bouquets of flowers at her front door.
Johnny Ezell of Renton said he met Frazier in a Rainier Beach grocery store in 1985. She was standing before him in the checkout line when he got up the nerve to ask her, “Who is that beautiful lady in front of me?”
She turned to him and smiled.
Though their marriage lasted less than three years, Ezell said he remembered Frazier as a “very special woman, full of love and kindness.”
“She put all her love into her grandkids,” he said. “For this to happen, it’s just so tragic.”
Funeral services for Louise Frazier will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at New Covenant Christian Center, 7930 Rainier Ave. S. in Seattle.
P-I reporter Tracy Johnson can be reached at 206-467-5942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.