The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a woman suspected of murdering former Santa Clarita Valley resident Chad O’Melia on Memorial Day, according to authorities.
Bryn P. Spejcher, 27, a Thousand Oaks resident and audiologist, was arrested Thursday at a local hospital for the May 28 stabbing death of O’Melia.
O’Melia, an accountant at a firm in Camarillo, died of multiple stab wounds sustained during an altercation in the early morning hours of Memorial Day. The stabbing took place inside O’Melia’s apartment on Megan Place in Thousand Oaks.
Deputies responded to a call of a domestic disturbance there at about 1:15 a.m. Monday and found O’Melia dead and Spejcher injured, both with multiple stab wounds.
Spejcher and O’Melia had been involved in a dating relationship.
Spejcher had been hospitalized since the homicide to receive treatment for self-inflicted stab wounds.
She was released from the hospital and being booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility Friday afternoon on murder charges, according to Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Captain Garo Kuredjian. Her bail is set at $500,000, he said.
Spejcher is scheduled to appear in court for her arraignment on June 4, Kuredjian said.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Bureau investigated the stabbing, he said.
Spejcher is an audiologist at the House Children’s Hearing Center at UCLA, according to social media posts. Her specialty is Otolaryngology with UCLA Health’s Head and Neck Surgery Department.
She earned her Doctor of Audiology degree from the St. Louis’ Washington University School of Medicine, AuD, in 2017, according to her LinkedIn profile. She was an Audiology Doctoral Extern with the Loyola University Health System while studying for her degree.
Originally from Bloomingdale, Illinois, Spejcher earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Augustana College in 2013.
Read the original story about O’Melia’s death here.
3:40 p.m. Friday: Story updated with booking photo.