Murder suspect says he killed man because he was 'living by street rules'

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 8:10 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A man accused of murdering another man at the STA Plaza building admitted to KREM 2 News that he committed the crime.

Donald Phillips, 40, is accused of stabbing a man in the chest while he was looking at the bus schedule at the STA Plaza just before 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

WATCH: Witnesses come face to face with STA Plaza stabbing suspect

Phillips told KREM 2 News he did not want to kill the man but was just “living by the street rules.” He said the victim was out committing crimes and that is why he killed him.

Phillips said he knew where he stabbed the victim would be a fatal wound. He said he was not remorseful for his actions.

READ: SPD arrests STA Plaza stabbing suspect

Police launched a massive manhunt after Phillips stabbed the man. During the manhunt, Phillips was spotted in the Peaceful Valley neighborhood where he admitted to setting a house on fire.

Phillips asked KREM 2 to apologize to the man who owns that home. He said he was trying to destroy fingerprints he left inside.

“If I could make the house look ransacked or burglarized rather than me being in there, that's what I was trying to do,” said Phillips.

Phillips would not elaborate on how he set the fire.

WATCH: Spokane homeowner helps catch STA Plaza stabbing suspect

Spokane police later arrested Phillips around 9 p.m.

Spokane police said Phillips had an extensive violent and criminal history. He was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant with the Department of Corrections at the time of the stabbing.

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