Olympia homicide victim was stabbed, strangled to death

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A homicide victim whose body was found Tuesday night in an Olympia home had been stabbed multiple times, but the cause of death was found to be strangulation, Thurston County Coroner Gary L. Warnock said Thursday.

Warnock also revealed that the victim, former mental health counselor John P. Alkins, 58, was found with an extension cord around his neck.
Lia Tricomo is seen playing her violin on the Seattle-Bremerton ferry in a January 2008 photo. (Photo courtesy of the Kitsap Sun)

The woman suspected of killing Alkins is being held in Thurston County Jail on $1 million bail.

Deputies began looking for the woman, 27-year-old Lia Yera Tricomo, after she allegedly called the Behavioral Health Resource Center on Tuesday to report she had just stabbed a man to death.

At the same time, investigators followed a trail of past residences and relatives until they were directed to a two-story home in the 3800 block of Sunset Beach Drive NW in Olympia.

Inside, detectives found a grisly scene - a lot of blood and Alkins' body in the upstairs bedroom. Police said he had been a former counselor at Behavioral Health Resource Center.

Deputy prosecutor Jennifer Lord said that Alkins was tied up and killed after some sexual activity.

After Alkins' body was found, deputies tracked down Tricomo at an area hospital. Officials said she had a history with the Behavioral Health Resource Center and was known to staffers there.

She was arrested and booked into Thurston County Jail for investigation of domestic violence murder.