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Court documents outline new details in murder of woman and two dogs

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Court documents reveal new details about the murder of a 65-year old Tucson woman.

Linda Daley and two dogs were found dead in her home on Pueblo Vista Blvd. near Starr Pass and Cholla High School.

A neighbor who was paying Daley a visit went inside when no one came to the door and discovered the crime scene, on November 21st, 2013.

Last week 39-year old Michelle Marie Price was charged with second degree murder for the crime.  Price was already in jail on charges related to a different crime.

Court documents state two days before the murder, Price showed up at Daley's home, looking for a place to stay with her dog.  Court documents state, after Price had been there for a couple days, Daley confided in a neighbor that she was going to have a talk with Price about some housekeeping issues she was upset over.

Later that night, court documents state a different neighbor saw Price leaving without her dog.

That neighbor Suzi Akers spoke to Tucson News now.  She said she felt something seemed odd when she first met Michelle Price a couple days ago.

"I thought she was kind of strange. She didn't even want to look at me. She kept looking down," said Akers.

Akers said she saw Price leaving around midnight or 1 AM.  When the sun rose, another neighbor found Daley's deceased body, and two dead dogs in the home.

Court documents state all sustained trauma from weapons left behind in the home.  Police say they found a written confession when they searched Price's car.  Court documents state the written confession indicated Price had killed the victim, the victim's dog, and her own dog.  There were no other indications that anyone else had been inside the victim's home the previous night, other than Price, according to court documents.

We have also been looking through the search warrants in this case. Police obtained warrants to search Linda Daley's home, Michelle Price's motel room, and Price's car. 

Search warrants revealed what police found in Daley's home on the day of her murder.  Police seized a baseball bat, handgun, knife, prescription medications, bloody bedding and/or pillows, and two deceased dogs (they were turned over to animal control).

The murder horrified friends of Linda Daley.  Jon Friedman, the owner of  the Wild Bird Store knew Daley for 25 years.  He described her as a free-spirited woman who loved nature.  Daley made bird houses and sold them at Friedman's business. 

"Since she died people have been coming in her buying her bird cages, people are even calling after hearing about her murder and buying them sight unseen," said Friedman.  He had only five of Daley's handcrafted bird houses remaining.

"My heart just sank.  She's a friend. A business associate," said Friedman, horrified to hear about the way Daley had died. 

Search documents also list bloody clothing and bloody articles, firearms, ammunition, and knives found in Price's possession.  Court documents reveal police believe the crime was committed on November 21st between 10 PM and 6 AM the next day.

Friends said Daley had stage four cancer and that she did not have long to live.  They describe her as full of life, but very frail.  Daley's terminally ill life violently cut short, but a motive, still unknown.

"If they catch the person that did this, whatever the courts of law allow, even death penalty, they should go for it, I won't object," said Friedman.

Price is also accused of violating her parole for an aggravated assault committed in 2008.  Court documents state she stabbed the father of her child in the chest, causing him to have a collapsed lung. 

Court documents also state Price has a history of mental illness. She reported having auditory and visual hallucinations and was diagnosed with Bipolar mood disorder, delusions, and Schizoaffective Disorder.

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