Bond set at $250,000 for 'Person of interest' in unsolved murder



Posted on September 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 1:36 AM

SPOKANE -- A teen suspected of attacking a woman with a club near the Centennial Trail late last week appeared in court Monday.  Police say Avondre Graham is also a person of interest in a stabbing murder in that same area in May.

Graham was in court Monday afternoon on a charge of First Degree Armed Robbery.  He has other charges pending, including a juvenile charge of Harassment Threat to Kill from an incident in February of 2012.

Spokane Police arrested Graham, 17, Thursday.  He is accused of assaulting a woman with a club near the Centennial Trail by Mission park.

Police are also looking at Graham as a person of interest in a stabbing murder in the same area back in May. Officers said Graham matches the description murder victim Sharlott McGill gave of her attacker shortly before she died of her stab wounds.

A judge set bond at $250,000. Graham’s second court date was set for September 27th at 3:30 p.m. Graham was ordered to have no contact with the victim of the assault of any of the named witnesses.

Graham will be tried as an adult, but will be held in the Spokane Co Juvenile Detention Center.

Police searched the Spokane River on Monday where Graham had jumped in after the assault. They found nothing.

An assault last week on the centennial trail was the latest in a string of incidents in the area.

Thursday's assault is the 3rd assault near the Centennial Trail since May.

55-year-old Sharlotte McGill was walking her dog along Tuffy's trail on May 3rd off South Riverton Drive in Northeast Spokane. Police say a man attacked her, stabbing her at least three times in the upper body. Paramedics rushed McGill to the hospital, where she died.

She described her killer as a black man in his early to mid 30's with a bad eye.

In the middle of the summer a woman reported being assaulted near Gonzaga University.

A student told campus security she was jogging on the morning of august 30th when someone tried to hit her in the face. She described the suspect as a black man between 20 to 25 years of age, with facial piercings trying to hit her with a closed fist.

He missed her face but struck in the back.  The student was able to call 911 and get help from another student. Spokane police never located a man after searching the area.

Carmen Jett told KREM 2 News she met Avondre Graham two years ago while he attended Bancroft Alternative School. Jett described Graham as confused and angry, but a good kid who worked hard at her ranch.

"He said that he was having problems because he got picked on a lot," Jett said.

Jett said her relationship with Graham soured last summer after he threatened to kill her. She said she did not believe he was serious at the time. After his arrest Thursday, Jett said her view on the situation changed.

“I’m terrified, you know? It’s not the same world anymore,” she said.

Jett said she is disappointed Graham did not get the help he needs, but she is more determined than ever to continue helping troubled youth.