Dec 20, 2013 7:27 PM by Nathan O'Neal
TUCSON - A woman has been charged with second degree murder for the brutal murder of a 65-year-old woman last month.
Michelle Marie Price, 39, was charged in connection to the death of Linda Daley, a local artist who was killed alongside her two dogs at her west side home on November 21.
Price had been behind bars in the Pima County Jail since the day after Linda Daley's murder. Tucson Police Sgt. Chris Widmer said she was originally put there for probation violation in connection to a 2008 case where she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. Price was additionally charged for murder on December 19.
Long-time friends of Linda Daley describe her a woman of refined ambition.
"Most people who knew her really appreciated her, enjoyed her and I'm sure a lot of people loved her," said Jon Friedman, who was a close friend of Daley's.
As an artist, Daley hand-crafted bird houses for Friedman's midtown shop for roughly 22 years. Every day was a struggle.
"She might not have lived very long beyond that because she had stage four cancer but that would have been a preferable way to die than bludgeoned to death," Friedman told News 4 Tucson.
Law enforcement identified Price as a suspect from day one. Widmer said Daley knew Price only through her daughter, Stacey Daley, who now lives in Portland.
However, Price has a checkered history. She pleaded guilty back in 2008 to aggravated assault after stabbing her ex-boyfriend. According to records, she claimed self-defense.
As for Friedman, he wants justice. "If she's definitely guilty, this is a really horrific crime - then whatever the harshest punishment for (price), I think she deserves," Friedman said.
Price is currently being held without bond. Search warrants indicate that law enforcement collected a variety of items in connection to Price, including DNA swabs, personal belongings, weapons, mental health paperwork and prescription drugs.