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Tacoma man dies after Bremerton stabbing

Assault soon became murder.

Ulysses “Todd” Williams III, 30, was arraigned Thursday, April 25 on a charge of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Charley Cox, 31, last weekend, said Chris Casad, chief of case management for the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police received a call of a stabbing at 7:21 a.m., April 20, from an apartment in the 2600 block of Schley Blvd., said Sgt. Jim Burchett, the detective in charge of the case.

Police found a still conscious victim and a blood spattered apartment. They were told by a badly wounded Cox that he was “robbed and stabbed.” According to reports, Cox was able to at least partially identify his assailant.

Cox was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with stab wounds in the head, arms and chest.

On Monday, Seattle police picked up the suspect at a pay phone near the McDonald’s near the Seattle ferry terminal.

Williams was initially charged with first-degree assault until Cox, of Tacoma, died Monday evening at Harborview.

“He never had a chance,” said Burchett, who said Cox was kept alive “mechanically” until declared brain dead.

When officers entered the apartment of the attack, “The apartment was in complete disarray and there was blood all over,” according to the Certificate of Probable Cause, released by Casad.

A witness who shared the apartment with Williams, Robert Stone, 20, said that a handful of people had been taking drugs — likely crack cocaine — and partying in the apartment all night long. Stone told police most had left and he, Stone, fell asleep on the couch — only to be awakened by the attack on Cox.

The witness said the victim had been distributing drugs out of a backpack, but stopped giving drugs to the suspect at a certain point. Williams demanded more drugs, and at some point produced a knife.

Williams is being held on $500,000 bail due to his criminal record, police records said.

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