VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — An accused meth user faces first-degree murder charges for allegedly killing a 43-year-old mother because he thought she was a witch.
Neal Cedric Kelly was in court Tuesday over the stabbing death of Jennie Brill on Saturday at a Vancouver house while seven people watched — including her daughter and son.
Investigators said Kelly got into a meth-fueled knife fight with Nicholas Hammann over $40 at a home on NE 89th Avenue. It’s alleged that while the men were fighting, Kelly stabbed Brill to death. When another man, Sterling Robin-Scott Shaver, stepped in to help Brill, Kelly stabbed him, too.
Brill died at the scene. Shaver was critically wounded.
When police arrived, authorities said, Kelly threw a bookshelf at a deputy and tried to escape by jumping out a window. After he was arrested, Kelly allegedly told investigators he stabbed “a witch.”
But he said he didn’t remember hurting anyone else.
Kelly, 26, has a criminal history and was just released from jail three days before this incident.
At his court appearance, a sign language interpreter helped Kelly, who is hard of hearing. He faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and assault.