• Mother arrested in fatal shooting of 14-year-old daughter

    By: Amy Clancy

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    Svetlana Laurel, 52, of Kent, is suspected of killing her daughter, who has been identified by police sources and family friends as 14-year-old Natalie Gulizia, a student at Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien.

    According to the Renton Police Department incident report, Laurel was let into her ex-husband’s home on Smithers Avenue South on Tuesday night by the divorced couple’s 12-year-old son. 

    When Laurel’s ex-husband and daughter Natalie arrived later “Svetlana was holding a Taser, and used it” on her ex-husband, then zip-tied him and their boy. “Svetlana drew a pistol” and told her ex-husband“ she was going to shoot him because he had ruined her life”, documents allege.

    The couple’s daughter went into her upstairs bedroom and called police.

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    “The 14-year-old daughter that was there tried to call 911 to get some help,” said Cmdr. David Leibman, of the Renton Police Department.  “The mother found out she was calling 911 and shot her,” Leibman said.

    According to the police report, the 911 operator could hear a woman saying, “You called 911” and then heard something about “blow your head off” followed “by what sounded like zip-ties being secured” and then a loud sound, followed by screaming, according to the report.

    Laurel was originally booked on suspicion of second-degree murder. During her bail hearing Wednesday afternoon, which she did not attend, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Castleton asked that the potential charge against her be escalated to premeditated homicide.

    “The state requests the court find probable cause for murder in the first degree, attempted murder in the first degree and three counts of unlawful imprisonment,” Castleton said.

    A judge pro tem ordered Laurel held without bail.

    She’s scheduled to have another court appearance later in the week.
     

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