Portlander reports friend’s murder, arrested

Paris James McConville reportedly told police where the body could be found

Paris James McConville is accused of murdering his friend. (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 35-year-old man was murdered and police have arrested his longtime friend who showed up at police headquarters and admitted that she had killed a person in self-defense.

Paris James McConville, 34, remains in the Multnomah County Detention Center.

KOIN 6 News has learned that police are investigating any prior disputes between McConville and Thompson, including an incident that occurred on Aug. 21.

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, McConville walked into the Portland Police Bureau’s headquarters at 3:11 p.m. and “told the police that she killed a person in self-defense,” records show. Police went to the apartment complex and entered the unit using a key that McConville had given to police. Officers located Thompson’s body in the bathtub. Detectives were able to confirm his identity using his wallet, which was found in the sink near his body.

McConville told police that she has known Thompson for 10 years and they were friends.

She went on to tell police that she and Thompson frequently argued and that on the evening of August 21, the two got into a physical altercation. McConville said she strangled Thompson during the altercation. She later said she stabbed Thompson.

McConville, records show, had no visible injuries on herself and did not claim to be injured.

“[McConville] said she killed Mr. Thompson and she deserved to be punished, which is why she came to the police station,” according to court documents. “She also said she used her smartphone to text Mr. Thompson at some point that she had a knife.”

In an interview with detectives, McConville said that she killed the victim by the bed, moved the body into the bath tub, took out Thompson’s belongings and placed them into the sink, and used long strip of packing tape and placed it on Thompson’s hands. Records show that police found blood near the bed in the living room of Thompson’s apartment.

The medical examiner’s office reported the cause of death was strangulation. During the autopsy, the ME’s office determined that the victim’s body had a stab wound on his arm and a blunt force injury to the back of his head, according to court documents.

KOIN 6 News spoke with Thompson’s apartment manager who told us that she had several interactions with McConville over the years. She described McConville as “confrontational” and said McConville had been staying with Thompson off and on so frequently that she tried to get Thompson to put McConville on the apartment’s lease.

McConville appeared in court on Wednesday and a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf. She is due back in court in September.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story included information that remains part of the on-going investigation. We have since removed the specific reference until it can be independently verified.