Centennial Trail attack suspect to be charged with McGill's murder

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 20 at 5:23 PM

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane teenager faces second-degree murder charges after a woman was stabbed to death near the Spokane River.

Police arrested Avondre Graham, 17, after a victim said he beat and robbed her near Mission Park on the Centennial Trail last week.

Graham matched the suspect description Sharlotte McGill gave before she died in May. She told police a black man with an odd eye stabbed her several times on South Riverton, near the area where the Mission Park attack happened.

Spokane police quickly began considering a connection between the two cases. Graham became a person of interest in the McGill case immediately following her death. Police continued to keep him in mind, along with a list of others, since that time.

Maj. Craig Meidl with the Spokane Police Department said Thursday detectives came up with enough probable cause to forward charges to the prosecutor’s office. He said uncooperative witnesses delayed progress in the McGill case, but last week’s incident broke it open for police. Graham gave them enough information to connect him to the McGill homicide during an interview after the Mission Park incident, according to the police department.

The police have also connected Graham to an attack near Gonzaga University’s campus in August.

The charges in the McGill case will be a top priority for prosecutors, according to Meidl.

“It’s always a relief to get these types of people off the streets,” he said.

Graham is already in custody, facing charges of first-degree armed robbery for last week’s crime.

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