Man charged with murder in stabbing death of ex-girlfriend at Seattle Center

David Lee Morris sits on a patrol car in handcuffs after a stabbing at Seattle Center (KOMO Photo)

SEATTLE -- The man accused in the deadly stabbing of his ex-girlfriend at a Seattle Center restaurant has been charged with first degree murder.

David Lee Morris, 29, remains at the King County Jail and is now being held without bail, prosecutors said.

Seattle police were called to the Armory, a food court and gathering spot at Seattle Center at 4:19 p.m. Friday for multiple 911 calls about a stabbing. Callers told dispatchers the suspect appeared to be walking toward a McDonald’s just off Seattle Center property, according to an affidavit of probable cause released by prosecutors.

Officers approached the suspect, he had blood on his hands and was carrying a knife, according to police. When the man, identified by police as Morris, didn’t listen to officers’ commands to drop the knife they Tased him at least twice, the affidavit said.

Gabrielle Garcia, 28, was found near the MOD Pizza restaurant in the Armory. She died at Harborview Medical Center, the affidavit said.

Garcia and Morris’ 5-year-old autistic son was there when the attack happened, police said.

When detectives interviewed Morris, he said he killed Garcia to “make a better life for his son,” police wrote in the affidavit. Morris criticized Garcia for dating other men and told police that Garcia had a domestic-violence protection order against him, according to the affidavit. Morris said he thought it would be better for his son if he lived with other family members, which he believed would happen if Garcia was dead and he was in jail, according to prosecutors.

Court documents state Morris told detectives he had thought about killing Garcia last spring, but decided try to work out their relationship. He also told detectives he had considered killing Garcia about a half hour earlier while they were walking around but again decided to try to work out the relationship. He said he finally decided to kill her at the pizza place when again the conversation didn't go to his liking and he thought she was getting up to go call her attorney.

Morris is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 21.

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