SPOKANE CO. Wash. - A Spokane County man was charged with first degree attempted murder after he stabbed his roommate nine times, court documents state.
Jordan Knippling, 39, was arrested Friday after a witness called police to report the stabbing near Pasadena Park. When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim profusely bleeding with wounds to his neck and torso.
According to court documents, police found blood stains on the kitchen floor and oven at the home where the two men lived.
The homeowner told police the victim often stayed at the home, but was not a tenant. According to court documents, the homeowner said the incident happened after an argument between the victim and Knippling. Spokane County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mark Gregory said the argument began over rent money and food.
The homeowner told police he saw Knippling stab the victim before leaving the house on a bicycle.
Police found Knippling not far from the scene on Friday. They took him into custody and booked him into the Spokane County Jail. He had been released from jail on April 28 following his first hearing for two felony charges of third degree assault, during which he reportedly assaulted two Spokane Valley Hospital nurses.
On Friday night, Knippling spoke to KXLY from the jail. Knippling said he suffers from schizophrenia. He admitted to the stabbing and said he was acting in self-defense at the time. He also told KXLY he threw the knife involved in the incident into the river. However, SCSO deputies said evidence at the scene does not support Knippling's claim.
Knippling's first court apperance is set for Monday.
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