A Washington state man allegedly stabbed his estranged wife to death months after a court denied her a permanent restraining order against him.
Cops claimed in court records that Michael Murrah, 45, called the victim “starbeast” to authorities and said he killed her to “fulfill a prophecy.”
Murrah showed up Sunday with a Bible in his hand at his former home in the city of Vancouver and confronted Monica Murrah, police said in a probable cause affidavit cited by KOIN-TV and other outlets.
Monica, also known as Star Murrah, had tried to get a permanent restraining order against her husband as the couple were entangled in a divorce battle — but a court rejected her request.
In the application, cited by KOIN, Star Murrah said she feared for her life and the life of their 8-year-old son.
“Michael has threatened suicide during arguments,” she wrote in her filing, according to KOIN. “One time he even grabbed a large knife and sat outside our bedroom threatening to kill himself. I’m terrified if he does, what if he kills me and our son also.”
She had gotten a temporary restraining order in July 2020, and said he’d gotten high and hit her and choked her on several occasions, the Columbian reported. Her husband had also choked the then-7-year-old son, the report said.
The restraining order was denied after a full hearing in August over insufficient grounds, The Columbian said. Star Murrah filed for divorce around the same time, according to the publication.
When police were called to the Murrah house at around 10:40 a.m. Sunday, they found Michael Murrah holding a knife with blood on his hands, the Oregonian reported. The son was home but unharmed, police said, according to the newspaper.
Once in custody, Michael Murrah allegedly referred to his wife as starbeast and said he killed her in fulfilment of a prophecy.
Michael Murrah is facing a first-degree murder charge with $2 million bail and will be arraigned Nov. 19, according to the Oregonian.