BOISE — James Lee, a 24-year-old man from Meridian, Idaho, is charged with first degree murder, rape, aggravated assault, and battery after Ada County Sheriff's officials say he stabbed his mother to death at her home in Eagle Tuesday night — after he sexually assaulted his wife, wrapped her in chains, and threw her in the trunk of his car.
Eagle police got the call just before 8 p.m. from an alarmed neighbor.
According to sheriff's officials, the incident started at the couple's home in the 4900 block of North Three Links Lane in Meridian when Lee threatened his 20-year-old wife with a knife, sexually assaulted her, and then bound her in tape and chains placed her in the trunk of his vehicle.
Lee then put the couple's 4-month-old daughter in the back seat and drove off.
Lee then drove to his mother's Eagle residence on the 500 block of Water Grove Drive in the swanky Two Rivers subdivision west of Idaho 55.
The man took the infant into the home and began talking to his 46-year-old mother, said Andrea Dearden, spokeswoman for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
A 56-year-old woman who lived in the house was also there. Detectives say Lee and his mother had dinner and talked normally for about an hour until the 56-year-old woman decided to leave and go lie down because she was not feeling well.
The woman said she woke up a short time later when she heard a noise and came out to find Lee holding two knives and standing over his mother, who was lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds, Dearden said.
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