Friday, November 2, 2012
A repeat felon who made his former girlfriend live in fear that he would kill her has been charged in her murder. Scottye Leon Miller, 20, has more than 15 previous domestic violence convictions since 2002. Roughly two weeks before his former girlfriend, Tricia Particelli, was stabbed to death, Miller was released from prison. He had been serving time for assaulting and threatening to kill her in January of 2012. When Particelli called 911 in that case, she told the dispatcher, "please hurry, he is going to kill me." Miller was chasing her in a parking lot and warning he would kill her if she called police. When officers arrived that day, Particelli repeatedly told them, "you don't know who you are dealing with; he is going to kill me." About 8:30 a.m. Oct. 30, a neighbor heard a woman's screams from Particelli's Burien apartment in the 100 block of South 152nd Street. She was found dead in the bathroom, stabbed at least 22 times.