Woman says she killed former counselor because 'he was a creep'

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A woman who says she was a former patient of an Olympia mental health counselor is accused of stabbing him in the neck while they were in bed and then strangling him with an extension cord.

Lia Tricomo, 27, was charged Friday with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder in connection with the grisly killing of John P. Alkins, 58, a former mental health counselor with Behavioral Health Resources.

She was arrested Tuesday after calling the Behavioral Health Resources mental health clinic and saying she had killed someone.

Thurston County Superior Court papers say Tricomo told detectives she slit Alkins' throat Monday at his Olympia home because "he was a creep." Deputy prosecutor Jennifer Lord said that Alkins was tied up and killed after some sexual activity.

Behavior Health Resources spokesman Judi Hoefling told The Olympian that Alkins was fired in December for violating professional boundaries.

Thurston County Coroner says although Alkins had been stabbed multiple times, the cause of death was found to be strangulation.

The attempted murder charge against Tricomo stems from the knifing; the murder charge stems from the strangulation.

Tricomo is being held in Thurston County Jail on $1 million bail. Her arraignment is scheduled for May 14 at the Thurston County Courthouse.