King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) have arrested who they believe stabbed and killed a 51-year-old in unincorporated Renton— the person that called 911 for help.
Now the suspect, 41-year-old Vinks Julian Mcintire, has been charged with manslaughter in the first degree with a deadly weapon. His bond is set at $750,000 with an arraignment scheduled for March 5. He is believed to have killed friend 51-year-old Demetrius Fletcher.
Charging documents detail Mcintire’s lengthy history of threatening behavior and assaults that have resulted in multiple arrests and convictions. He has multi-state convictions that include misdemeanor battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.
“His history of violent and threatening behavior demonstrate that the defendant poses a clear risk to the community,” charging document states.
Probable cause documents detail the King County Sheriff’s Office description of the incident, involving intoxication and multiple knives.
On Feb. 15, Mcintire called 911 to report that he believed his friend was dead in his home. He told dispatch he awoke from a nap to find Fletcher on the floor with a knife in hand, unconscious. He told 911 he already attempted CPR, but was advised by dispatch to continue life-saving measure until police arrived and received instructions on CPR over the phone.
King County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived within five minutes to the home in unincorporated Renton on Southeast 216th Street. They arrived to find Fletcher on the laundry room floor, a large black-handled knife in his right hand on his sternum, with an obvious cut on the left side of his chest. Medics and deputies attempted life saving measures but he died while transported to Harborview Medical Center.
A King County Medical Examiner’s autopsy of Fletcher found that he died of a stab wound to the chest, with no other injury than an older cut on his left hand. The examiner that conducted the autopsy believed after examining the weapon that the knife he was found with was not the knife that killed him. The knife was much larger, and deputies believed the position the knife was held in would not have allowed Fletcher to stab himself.
Deputies investigating the crime scene in Mcintire’s home noticed drops of dry blood in the living room, and leading into the kitchen. The drops near the kitchen were still wet when they arrived. They found a second knife near Fletcher, but it did not have any apparent blood on it.
At the scene, Mcintire allegedly told deputies that Fletcher had been attempting to harm himself but he had “talked him down” before proceeding to take a two hour nap. He claimed the blood in the living room was from that earlier attempt, but deputies state he changed details of the event when speaking to various officers. They also noted that there was no blood on Fletcher’s chest, which should have been there if Mcintire had performed CPR.
Deputies called in Major Crimes detectives after noticing the discrepancies, who questioned the suspect at length. He told them how he and Fletcher were best friends, and had been drinking together. He also said Fletcher may have been “playing with the knife and fell on it.” Mcintire continued to say that Fletcher had mental health issues and attempted self harm before. He denied, and continued to deny, in later interviews that anyone else may have killed him.
In later days, multiple friends denied that Fletcher had any current mental health issues. Mcintire’s wife’s mother, when interviewed by deputies, said he admitted to killing Fletcher, and that she had been with the two earlier that night and Mcintire was heavily intoxicated and Fletcher appeared to be in good spirits. His wife later admitted as well that Mcintire had confessed. Prosecutors have asked for no-contact orders to be issued for both of them against Mcintire.
Mcintire continued to deny in following interviews. He at one point said that the two were “amped up, high [on cocaine] and drunk, and throwing knives at each other” trying to catch them. He said that Fletcher wanted to show Mcintire a disarming technique where he would thrust the knife at him and Fletcher would block it. He later said Fletcher had staggered and stumbled to the wall at some point, before saying he needed to lay down. Mcintire said Fletcher was cold as he put a blanket over him.
Mcintire maintained that they were very intoxicated. In the probable cause document, officers argue that he was able to remember small details of the night.
“The one thing he claimed to have no memory of was how Fletcher sustained the fatal wound to his chest,” probable cause documents state.
After more interviews, deputies learned a third knife had been given to a neighbor to hold onto after the stabbing. When they retrieved it, it appeared to have dried blood on the blade.
Mcintire was arrested and booked into King County jail the evening of Feb. 19.