Atascadero Police on Thursday were investigating an early morning altercation they say led to the stabbing death of a 21-year-old Paso Robles man.
Kelsey Morasci, 28, of Atascadero was held Thursday in County Jail without bail for allegedly using a knife to stab Everett Allen Quaid of Paso Robles at an apartment in the 9300 block of Musselman Drive in Atascadero.
Police spent much of Thursday going over the crime scene.
A motive for the attack was not released. Quaid’s family, when reached by phone Thursday, declined to comment. Police said they received a report of a stabbing shortly before 4 a.m. at the apartment complex.
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Quaid, listed in The Tribune archives as a 2006 Paso Robles High School graduate, was unresponsive when officers arrived at the scene. Medics from the Atascadero Fire Department and San Luis Ambulance provided aid at the scene.
He was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, where he was pronounced dead, police said. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff/Coroner’s investigators are expected to conduct Quaid’s autopsy “within the next several days,” Atascadero police said.
Police said witnesses of the stabbing identified the suspect as Atascadero resident Morasci. She was at the scene of the incident when officers arrived and was taken into custody, police said.
Police Chief Jim Mulhall said that investigators would question the other people at the apartment where the stabbing occurred.
Morasci pleaded no contest in February to driving a vehicle on private property without the owner’s permission and paid a $250 fine; a no contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.
The most recent homicide in Atascadero was in April when 3-month-old Isaiah Lavinge died from shaken baby syndrome. His father, Kelly Dewayne Lavinge, 25, was arrested on charges of felony willful cruelty to a child with possible injury or death.
Tribune staff writers Tonya Strickland and Nick Wilson contributed to this story.