As expected, Dr. Louis Chen was charged with two counts of aggravated murder Tuesday in last week’s First Hill apartment killings. We have embedded the document in this post that was submitted to the court by the King County Prosecutor’s office. It details the evidence Seattle Police gathered at the bloody crime scene on the 17th floor of the M Street apartments last Thursday morning including the reported confession of Chen and reveals the brutality by which Eric Cooper was stabbed more than 100 times and the couple’s young son Cooper Chen was killed with knife wounds to his neck.
According to online records, Dr. Chen was booked into jail this morning on the charges and will be held with no bail.
The defendant is charged with two counts of Aggravated Murder in the First Degree, a charge that carries a sentence of either life in prison without release or the death penalty. Under Washington State law, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg will have 30 days from the time of arraignment to decide whether to file a notice of intent to seek the death penalty. After the defendant is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the King County Jail and held without bail. Arraignment is scheduled for August 29 at 8:30 a.m. at the King County Courthouse, courtroom 1201.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Times Tuesday revealed details of Chen's relationship with his partner Eric Cooper and the true story behind their young son, Cooper Chen:
While Chen was working as an attending physician at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis, they began the long process of having a child through surrogacy, according to several friends of the couple.
Their child was not adopted from outside the country, as originally reported, but conceived with Chen's sperm and the egg of an anonymous Taiwanese woman, and carried to term by a surrogate mother from Oregon, the friends said. When the child was born nearly three years ago, he was adopted by Eric Cooper and named Cooper Chen.
"They loved that baby. They adored him," said a friend who had gone to medical school with Chen and is now a physician in Massachusetts. "It was one thing they always agreed on, and it was really very sweet." more...