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Brother: Lacomb murder suspect was intoxicated, became upset before stabbing mother

A Lacomb-area man reportedly was heavily intoxicated and became upset before stabbing his 85-year-old mother multiple times in the back and abdomen on Tuesday night, according to a statement given to authorities by his brother.

Kris Fiala, 54, was charged with second-degree murder and aggravated harassment on Wednesday afternoon in Linn County Circuit Court and a judge ordered him to be held in jail without the possibility of bail.

At about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 hang-up call from an address in the 32800 block of Old Mill Road outside Lebanon.

According to a probable cause affidavit in the case, made public on Thursday, dispatchers called the number back, and a male answered saying everything was fine. But a different person could be heard in the background yelling for help. A dispatcher called the number again and spoke with Keith Fiala, who said his brother had stabbed their mother, Astrid Gladys Fiala, and she was bleeding to death.

A deputy responded to the address and, while outside, reportedly saw Kris Fiala inside the house holding a knife. The lawman entered the residence and contacted Kris Fiala and Keith Fiala. He detained Kris Fiala and found Astrid Gladys Fiala face down in the living room. The deputy attempted to provide first aid to her, but she was later declared dead by medics, the affidavit states.

Later, when the deputy was patting down Kris Fiala for weapons, Kris Fiala turned and spat on the lawman, according to the affidavit. The majority of the saliva landed on the LCSO patrol car, but the deputy could feel mist from the spit, the affidavit states.

Kris Fiala was taken to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, where his blood alcohol content was found to be 0.275 %, the affidavit states.

During subsequent interviews, Keith Fiala told detectives that his brother was intoxicated and got upset, adding that he witnessed him stab their mother, according to the affidavit.

The next hearing in the case was scheduled for Jan. 7.

Kyle Odegard can be contacted at 541-812-6077 or Follow him on Twitter via @KyleOdegard.


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