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Woman Allegedly Strangled Wife, Stabbed Her With Friends To Make It Look Like Robbery

The couple got into an argument over an affair that escalated into violence, police said.

By Jon Silman

A Washington State woman allegedly strangled her wife and then stabbed her corpse with friends to make the murder look like a random robbery, police said.

Aterraka Scotland, 27, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Tuesday for the death of her wife, 26-year-old Tiffany Scotland, KOMO News reported.

The couple got into an argument over an affair Tiffany was having, police said. The altercation escalated when Tiffany cut Aterraka's hand.

Anterraka said she then "blacked out" and awoke to find herself on top of Tiffany, strangling her to death, a Redmond police detective wrote in a court affidavit.

But instead of going to the police, Aterraka called a friend who brought her cousin, and they helped her stab the body, wrap it up and put baking soda on the floor, according to the Redmond Reporter. It was not immediately clear if the friend or the cousin are facing charges. 

They stabbed the body multiple times in hopes of making the killing appear to be a robbery, The News Tribune reported. Anterraka later assumed her wife's identity to make it look like she was still alive. She used Tiffany's phone and sent texts posing as her slain spouse, prosecutors wrote in court papers.

A man who rented the couple a room hadn’t heard from them in a while and discovered the body. Police found stab wounds on Tiffany’s neck and torso.

Aterraka contacted the man to pay rent, and they arranged to meet at a bus stop, where police informed her of her wife’s death and invited her in for questioning.

At first, she told police she was working during the murder, but she kept giving conflicting statements about when she last saw her wife and how her wife may have been harmed. Then she said they were wrestling and the death was a mistake. She eventually confessed to the killing and called it a "mistake." 

In jail, Aterraka has asked for help from her family and said she wanted to hurry up and get out of jail. She told her family she wanted to go to Arizona.

Prosecutors set her bail at $3 million. Court papers show she's a suspect in a 2016 assault in which a male roommate was hit in the head with a hammer, Komo News reported.

[Photo: Redmond Police Department] 

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