Police allege a verbal argument between father and daughter quickly escalated on New Year's Eve

By Chris Harris
January 05, 2016 01:15 PM

An 81-year-old Tacoma, Washington, man is facing murder charges in the 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, allegedly stabbed his daughter Tamara Fabre to death during a New Year’s Eve incident.

According to court documents, Tamara had returned to the Tacoma area last spring from Texas to help care for her dying mother.

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The mother died of cancer 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 allegedly 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.