July 23, 2009 in City

Woman arrested for second-degree murder

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Maggie May Tyler, 24.
(Full-size photo)

A woman accused of stabbing a Spokane man to death this month was arrested Thursday.

Maggie May Tyler, 24, faces one count of second-degree murder after Spokane police arrested her at Walgreens at Crestline and Wellesley at 1:30 p.m.

Police responded to 5th Avenue and Green Street on July 6, where they found Vitaly M. Shevchuk, 24, with a stab wound to his neck.

He died the next night at Deaconess Medical Center.

Shevchuk was walking with a friend to buy cigarettes when a red Toyota drove by with its windows down and he made a comment, according to a search warrant filed in Spokane County District Court.

The Toyota stopped, two men and a woman exited and an argument ensued, witnesses told police.

The suspect and the victim didn’t know each other, said Lt. Dave McGovern.

“It was kind of random pedestrian road rage,” McGovern said.

Police detained two men in the days following the murder, but Nathan D. Gilstrap, 28, and Matthew M. Nedeau, 24, have not been charged.

Gilstrap remains in Spokane County Jail on an unrelated charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.

The owner of the Toyota, Savannah H. Frye, has also been questioned by police but not charged.

McGovern said more charges could be filed.

One witness recalled Shevchuk picking up a large rock and saying, “I have a brick and you have a knife. What are you going to do?” according to the search warrant.

Shevchuck hurled that rock through the window, according to police, but witnesses weren’t sure if he did it before or after he was stabbed.

“There’s aspects of this case that are going to have to be worked out in the courtroom,” McGovern said.

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