Court records: Woman denied restraining order before murder

<p><p>Associated Press</p></p><p><p>VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Vancouver, Washington, woman who was stabbed to death Sunday was denied a permanent restraining order against her estranged husband before he was charged with her murder, according to court records.</p></p><p><p>Monica Murrah received a temporary restraining order against Michael Murrah in 2020, the Oregonian <a href=”https://www.oregonlive.com/clark-county/2021/11/vancouver-woman-denied-restraining-order-against-estranged-husband-before-her-murder-court-records-show.html”>reported</a>. She told the court at the time that he had threatened, hit and choked her multiple times, court documents say.</p></p><p><p>Records say the restraining order was temporarily reissued in July, but a permanent one was denied in August with a judge citing insufficient grounds.</p></p><p><p>Vancouver police responded to an assault report Sunday morning and found Michael Murrah holding a knife outside a home and Monica Murrah with multiple stab wounds inside, officials said. Monica Murrah died at a hospital of her injuries.</p></p><p><p>Michael Murrah was taken into custody and told an officer that he had killed the victim “to fulfill a prophecy,” according to a probable cause affidavit. Later, he told investigators the couple had been going through a divorce, documents said.</p></p><p><p>Vancouver police had responded to the residence “for multiple domestic violence incidents,” documents show.</p></p><p><p>Michael Murrah’s bail was set at $2 million Monday, the Columbian <a href=”https://www.columbian.com/news/2021/nov/08/man-in-court-in-fatal-stabbing-of-estranged-wife”>reported</a>. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer to comment on the case.</p></p>