Woman talked with police hours before she was killed

TUALATIN — A 45-year-old Tualatin man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stabbed his domestic partner outside their apartment complex early Saturday morning.

Lujar Philippo faces one count of murder after police say he stabbed 31-year-old Kiorinta Edmond. Her body was found on a grassy lawn in the front of the Tualatin Meadows Apartments, 18755 S.W. 90th Ave., near Southwest Tualatin Road and Herman Road, at about 5:23 a.m. on Saturday.

Police were called to the complex by neighbors who reported a disturbance; according to Tualatin police spokesman Lt. Greg Pickering.

Pickering said officers found Edmond’s body outside the apartment complex entrance.

According to court documents, Edmond was covered in blood and had multiple stab wounds in her chest and upper torso.

As officers were investigating the crime, Philippo arrived at the complex and approached officers carrying two knives, Pickering said.

At first Philippo charged at officers with the two knives, then stopped and held one to his own neck, according to court documents.

Tualatin police shot Philippo with a Taser to subdue him.

He was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail.

Pickering said Philippo and Edmond lived together at the apartment complex.

Edmond’s body was found a few hours after she gave information to Tualatin police officers at about midnight on a hit-and-run crash outside the complex.

Officers reportedly told Edmond that Philippo was a suspect in the crash. They searched for Philippo in the couple’s apartment, but he was not found.

Pickering said there was no indication that anything was wrong between the couple when officers spoke with her.

No motive for the murder has been released.

The Tualatin Police Department, Washington County Major Crimes Team and Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team are investigating the case.

The death is the first murder in Tualatin in nearly three years, and the third in the past decade.

The last murder in Tualatin occurred Nov. 10, 2009, when Robert Beiser walked into the Legacy MetroLab facility on Southwest Mohawk Street shortly before noon that day and shot his estranged wife, Teresa Beiser, and two others before turning the gun on himself.

Philippo’s next court appearance is set for Monday, July 2.

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