Edmonds man convicted of murder from 2016

By Brian Soergel | May 16, 2018
David Hoar

Edmonds had one murder in 2016.

Now, the man who committed the grisly crime has been found guilty of second-degree murder in Snohomish County Superior Court.

Sentencing is June 1 by Judge Linda Krese.

David Lawrence Hoar, 64, was initially charged Dec. 21, 2016, two days after he called 911 to report that his roommate, 45-year-old old Samantha Ellis, was dead.

Edmonds police knew who Hoar was.

According to a probable cause statement, police responded to calls from Hoar’s residence at the Park Edmonds apartments on 236th Street SW three times in a two-week period the month before the murder.

On Nov. 12, Edmonds police responded to Hoar’s studio apartment after a daylong argument between Hoar and Ellis. Ellis told an officer that the argument started when Hoar wanted “to be intimate with her.”

On Nov. 18 and Nov. 25, medical aid personnel responded to the apartment based on Ellis’ medical issues, which included anxiety, panic attacks, shortness of breath and potential abuse of prescription medication mixed with alcohol.

It was on Dec. 19 that police responded to Hoar’s 911 call.

Fire personnel and investigators found Ellis in the living area, sitting prone on her lower legs, with her face on the floor. Dried blood covered her face and feet. In addition, investigators found blood on the carpet, kitchen floor, bed, several walls, the bathroom floor and sink, and refrigerator door.

Police described Hoar as drunk, and told police he and the woman had been fighting over chores. He later told police he drank an average of a fifth of vodka daily.

Hoar said Ellis had not been breathing for three days, but he didn’t call 911 because he thought she might wake up. He said he thought she may have hit her head or overdosed.

Hoar admitted that he and Ellis had been fighting, but said: “I’m a mellow person. Women can drive men crazy and um, anyway, it just escalated from me doing chores here and there and everywhere, that ah, I don’t know, I just lost it.”

Hoar had previously been convicted of domestic abuse and violation of a court order in 2009, records show. He was also convicted of two drunken-driving violations in King County, in 1997 and 1986.


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