DAILYKENN.com -- 29-year-old Devan Schmidt was murdered in 2015.
The victim's roommate called 9-1-1 to report the death after finding Schmidt's lifeless body in their apartment.
Prior to the murder, a group of friends had gathered at the home.
One individual was reluctant to leave and stayed after the others had left.
Schmidt texted her other friends asking how to get Eric Ladal Sims to leave.
Friends replied with offers of assistance.
Schmidt declined their requests, saying she could handle Sims on her own.
Police believe Sims murdered Schmidt, reports say.
And now, five years after the homicide, they have made the arrest.
Reports say he has a criminal history.
According to kmonews.com, "he was convicted of malicious mischief DV, witness tampering, and two counts of violating a court order. Documents say he poured bleach, oil, and other chemicals on his wife’s clothes causing a fire in her apartment."
The crime occurred in Seattle, Washington.
From komonews.com ▼
Seattle Police say they arrested a 47-year-old man yesterday in connection to the 2015 death of a woman in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle.
Eric Ladal Sims was charged with murder in the second degree Friday morning.
Police say the homicide occurred on the morning of May 2, 2015. According to court documents, a roommate of the victim, 29-year-old Devan Schmidt, called 911 to say he had found Schmidt dead on the floor of her bedroom.
Police say Seattle Fire medics arrived just before 11 am and attempted life-saving measures but were unsuccessful. They declared Schmidt dead at the scene.
According to court documents, friends of Schmidt say she invited them over to her home in the 2800 block of Denny Way early in the morning on May 2, 2015. Schmidt’s friends told police that they asked Sims to drive them to the victim’s house and to bring cocaine for everyone to use. In the court documents, Schmidt's friends say they stayed at her house for a few hours drinking wine and doing cocaine.
Her friends told police that they eventually left her house and that Sims was going to leave on his own because he had to go to work. According to court documents, as the friends were driving home, they received a text message from Schmidt asking how she could get Sims to leave. Friends told police they offered to go back and help but that Schmidt said she could handle it herself. Her friends say they tried to contact Schmidt throughout the day without any success.
According to court documents, investigators found Sims' DNA on Schmidt’s body. Investigators believe Sims assaulted Schmidt after her friends left and that the assault lead to her death.
Sims is currently being held on $2 million bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 4.
Court documents said Sims has a criminal history. In 2017, he was convicted of malicious mischief DV, witness tampering, and two counts of violating a court order. Documents say he poured bleach, oil, and other chemicals on his wife’s clothes causing a fire in her apartment.
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