Man stabbed his wife to death after a night of doing drugs, police say

Clieve Lake
Clieve Lake - Miami-Dade Corrections

A night that began with a couple making a drug run to Miami with a friend and their 2-month-old son spiraled out of control and led to the stabbing death of a woman in a North Miami Beach home, police said.

Clieve Lake, 40, was arrested Tuesday by North Miami Beach police and charged with second-degree murder. He is being held in Miami-Dade’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. His bond was set at $150,000.

Police said they were called to the family’s home at 1601 NE 160th St. at 6 a.m. Monday by a neighbor after Lake knocked on her door saying his wife was dead. When they arrived, they found Lake’s wife “stabbed multiple times.”

Officers say Lake made “incriminating statements” to police. He was initially charged with accessory after the fact.

The family friend who accompanied the couple on the drug buy told police that she and the couple “were all hanging out together” and drove to Miami to buy Mollies, then they returned to the home to do the drugs.

At some point, she told police, the couple began arguing over an unpaid bill.

“Witness #1 stated the defendant and the victim went inside a bedroom and closed the door while she stayed in the living room and continued to do drugs,” an officer wrote in the report. “She stated that she heard the defendant speaking in a loud voice...She said she heard the victim making a muffled sound and felt that something wasn’t right.”

Before leaving, the woman told police, she approached her friends in their room and found Lake holding a knife in his hand.

That’s when she “grabbed her belongings and wanted to get out of the house,” the officer wrote in the report. “While exiting the house she stated that she turned and observed the victim on the ground, appearing to be completely naked, with both hands seeming to be behind her back.”

After seeing the victim, the witness took off toward her car, police said. Lake followed her outside, still holding the knife, she told police, but she was able to get away.