Edmonds man convicted of murder is sentenced

Jun 12, 2018

David Lawrence Hoar, an Edmonds man guilty of second-degree murder, has been sentenced to 16½ years in prison.

Hoar, 64, beat 45-year-old old Samantha Ellis to death in 2016 at the Park Edmonds apartments on 236th Street SW.

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; he 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.

He spent six days in a hospital for alcohol withdrawal after his arrest, according to court records.

He was also convicted of two drunken-driving violations in King County, in 1997 and 1986.

Hoar had previously been convicted of domestic abuse and violation of a court order in 2009, records show.


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