WASHINGTON – The man who admitted to stabbing a runner to death in Logan Circle last year pleaded guilty Friday.
Anthony Crawford could spend up to 30 years in prison for the death of Wendy Karina Martinez, 35.
She was out for a run near her apartment when she was stabbed six times in the head and neck, and once in the back.
A detective testified earlier Crawford took a knife from the Giant grocery store on 7th St. NW just 20 minutes before the attack at 11th and P Streets.
Witnesses said Crawford was acting so strangely, they crossed the street to avoid him, but Martinez was caught by surprise.
He allegedly slashed her in the throat, they testified, before she stumbled into an Asian carry out and pleaded for help in the moments before her death.
Crawford, 23, has a history of paranoia and delusions. A source previously told WUSA9 he has a history of K2 addition, also known as “spice,” which is a synthetic marijuana banned in the United States.
Martinez had recently gotten engaged before her death. Her fiancé said he is haunted by the memories of her final moments, but started a charity with her family to help support women in the tech industry.