Daniel J. Haggart, 25, of Redmond, pleaded not guilty last Wednesday to first-degree murder charges relating to the fatal stabbing of Cara Neil, 17, of Duvall.
Haggart is accused of stabbing Cara on the evening of July 18 outside of SoulFood CoffeeHouse, located on Redmond Way. Court documents say Haggart premeditated his attack on the victim and texted his girlfriend that he was going to stab the next person he saw.
Within ten minutes of that text message he stabbed the victim, documents allege.
The attack was his brutal response to the victim defending her friend, court documents say.
There were several witnesses to the attack, including friends of Haggart and the victim and employees of nearby businesses. Cara suffered a puncture wound to the chest and died several days later.
Haggart is held in the King County Jail on $1 million bail. Court documents state he has prior felony convictions for trafficking, juvenile felony convictions and a lengthy misdemeanor history for assault and theft.