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Suspect in Capitol Hill hatchet slaying will undergo psychological exam

The man accused of murder in the Thanksgiving week hatchet killing at 15th and Union and suspected in a second street murder will be evaluated for his mental fitness for trial before the legal process continues, a King County judge decided Tuesday morning:

The arraignment for a mentally ill man charged with killing a stranger with a hatchet on Nov. 22 was postponed Tuesday morning so he can undergo a psychological examination at Western State Hospital.


Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson agreed with the defense and ordered the evaluation for Michael LaRosa before he enters a plea to a charge of first-degree murder. LaRosa’s arraignment was rescheduled for Dec. 28.

James Williams, the man who eventually pleaded guilty to the 2007 Capitol Hill murder of Shannon Harps, was found unfit for trial after his psychological evaluation. But after having his competency for trial “restored” with treatment at Western State Hospital, he pleaded guilty and is currently serving a 35-year sentence for the crime.

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Quail
Quail
10 years ago

Since we don’t have the death penalty, he should of gotten 58 years for the number of years Joe was on this planet.

Robert
Robert
10 years ago

If the prison industry wasn’t structured so inefficiently I would suggest more life in prison terms to be served… no reason why this guy should be out again. If it’s not this situation it’s the next…

camille
camille
10 years ago

yeah, weather it be prison or mental hospital (whichever the court decides), this guy needs to be in for life. On medication and in a controlled environment. Nobody else should die because we can’t properly care for our mentally ill.

halis
halis
10 years ago

He hasn’t been sentenced yet.