An Edmonton wife who tied her husband to his bed, stabbed him 40 times and then wrote “murder #3” on the wall in red crayon to mislead police pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday.
Amanda Michelle McInnes, 30, admitted in a Court of Queen’s Bench courtroom that she murdered Tye Christopher Kaye in his apartment in September 2012. At the time, the couple were spending the weekend together in an attempt to reconcile after being apart for a year. Kaye, 27, asked his roommates to leave for the weekend to give the couple privacy.
Court heard McInnes lied to family and said she was staying at a friend’s house, not Kaye’s. McInnes bought a hacksaw, a padlock, a chef’s knife and rope at a Canadian Tire on her way to Kaye’s apartment on Sept. 21, Crown prosecutor John Watson told court.
On Sept. 22, McInnes began texting family members and said she’d had a fight with her friend and was leaving. “Something happened and I don’t want to be here anymore,” she wrote.
When family noticed McInnes had an injured hand, she told one story about how she cut herself slicing apples and another about how she fell on a rock.
Later that day, McInnes bought crayons and latex gloves at a dollar store. She anonymously called 911 to report suspicious activity, but gave no address before she hung up.
On the night of Sept. 23, Kaye’s roommates came home and discovered Kaye’s body on his bed, covered in blood. His left hand and ankles were bound to the bed frame with rope and there was a bandana around his neck.
As part of her plea, McInnes admitted that she tied Kaye up after convincing him it was for a sexual purpose. The autopsy showed she then stabbed him 40 times and cut him another 23 times.
The day after the murder, McInnes returned to the apartment and wrote “Murder #3 — This is not over pigs” in a deliberate attempt to mislead investigators.
McInnes “was very unemotional and she stayed very calm” when police notified her of her husband’s murder, Watson said.
Though McInnes deleted all information from her phone, investigators were able to trace the 911 call to her and discovered news articles about women who kill their male partners and dozens of incriminating Internet searches.
In previous weeks, McInnes’ online searches included:
- The five deadly poisons that can be cooked up in a kitchen
- Can police read your deleted text messages?
- How do you tie someone to a bed for sex?
- How long does it take to die from a stab wound?
Kaye was an apprentice mechanic who loved working on cars and trucks, said a former roommate shortly after the murder.
“He was a man who knew what he wanted out of life,” said Reino Mislenovich. “If I was having problems, I’d talk to him and he would do the same. He was the kind of guy who, if you treated him right, he’d treat you right.”