Washougal man faces murder allegation in wifes stabbing death
Prosecutors say a Washougal man accused of stabbing his wife to death early Tuesday morning held off on attacking her until police arrived at the couple’s apartment.Robert W. Burdick, 56, had told an emergency dispatcher, “I want you guys to come here and shoot me,” police said.He appeared Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court to face a single allegation of first-degree domestic violence murder in the death of 49-year-old Linda Burdick. Judge David Gregerson set his bail at $2 million.Robert Burdick entered the courtroom wearing a suicide-prevention smock, given to inmates who may try to harm themselves with standard jail clothing, and was separated from the other inmates. His court-appointed defense attorney, Louis Byrd Jr., reserved his client’s right to argue for a lower bail amount until a later hearing.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Anna Klein said Burdick has a limited criminal record but argued he is a danger to the public in asking for the high bail.“Mr. Burdick requested suicide by police,” Klein told the judge, adding that Burdick waited to stab his wife until police were on scene, and she was yelling for help.