By People Staff
January 05, 2016 12:00 PM

An 81-year-old Tacoma, Washington, man is facing murder charges stemming from the fatal stabbing of his 49-year-old daughter.

According to records accessed by PEOPLE, Milton Fabre pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder during a court appearance Monday.

Fabre, who is being held on $500,000 bail, is alleged to have stabbed his daughter Tamara Fabre to death during an incident that unfolded New Year’s Eve.

Authorities allege in court filings that Tamara returned to the Tacoma area last spring, moving from Texas to help care for her dying mother.

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Cancer claimed Fabre’s wife in October, and afterwards, Tamara remained a resident of her father’s home, records show.

Court documents claim father and daughter began arguing around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. Words were exchanged and things allegedly got physical.

Police allege in charging papers that Fabre and his daughter grappled on the kitchen floor. Fabre reached for the counter, grabbing a carving knife.

An autopsy of Tamara’s remains shows her throat was cut and she was stabbed in the arm, shoulder, and back some 10 times, according to court documents.

Information regarding Fabre’s attorney was not available Tuesday.

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