Coroner: Walla Walla woman died of stab wounds to head, neck and chest
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The Walla Walla County coroner has confirmed that the woman who was killed in her home last week died from multiple stab wounds to the head, neck and chest.
On Friday, officers found 56-year-old Lorelie Ann Cruthers dead on her bed at her home in Walla Walla’s Rancho Villa community off Dalles Military Road. 23-year-old Brandon Crispi turned himself into police for the crime and said “God told him to do it”.
The victim’s family says that Crispi was a homeless man from San Francisco who met Cruthers online, and she invited him to live with her to help him out.
Court documents say that Crispi stole Cruther’s car after the murder and drove to Ontario, Oregon, where he then went to Oregon State Police and confessed to the killing.
Crispi is being charged with first degree murder and theft of a motor vehicle. His next court appearance is March 18.
Her legal name is Lorelie Ann Carver.