Spain charged with murder of 17-year-old stabbing victim

Bellingham, Wash. – A 21-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a teenager who was stabbed outside a dwindling house party on Samish Way earlier this month.

Geoff K. Spain was charged Feb. 12 with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Davonte Thompson, 17, and second-degree assault in connection with injuries sustained by Brandon Thompson, 18, Davonte’s brother.

Police arrested Spain on suspicion of stabbing the two teens on Feb. 9 outside of a house on the 500 block of Samish Way. He was booked into Whatcom County Jail and his bail is set at $1 million.

Bellingham Police still want to speak with the occupant(s) of a vehicle that may have witnessed activity related to Davonte’s death. Information provided to police indicates a vehicle stopped in the roadway at Samish Way and Fielding Avenue at about 2 a.m. Feb. 9 to remove a tree limb obstructing traffic. Police identified Samish Way and Fielding Avenue as the location of the stabbing.

The party started Friday night, Feb. 8 at a house Spain shares with other people. Police responded to a noise complaint from neighbors at 11:24 p.m., Bellingham Police spokesman Mark Young said. The renter police contacted was cooperative. People were leaving in an orderly and uneventful manner, he said.

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