Redmond man accused of stabbing teen charged with murder

SEATTLE -- A Redmond man accused of fatally stabbing a teenage girl earlier this month was charged Tuesday with first degree murder.

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Daniel J. Haggart stabbed 17-year-old Cara Neil on July 18 after getting into a fight with his girlfriend.

The attack happened outside Soulfood Books on Redmond Way after Haggart sent a series of text messages to his girlfriend threatening to stab the next person he saw, according to probable cause reports.

Within minutes, 911 callers reported a stabbing.

Several witnesses were present during the attack, including friends of Haggart and Neil, as well as employees and customers and nearby businesses, according to the

Neil came to the girlfriend's defense, and Haggart became angry and stabbed the girl in the chest, prosecutors say.

Haggart was originally charged with attempted murder, but when Neil died last week the charge was amended.

Haggart remains in King County Jail on $1 million bail. His next court appearance is set for August 6.