Monday, January 28, 2008

Man Charged in Stabbing Murder on Capitol Hill New Year's Eve

Suspect in stabbing faces murder charge, Seattle Times, Jan. 27, 2008.

James Anthony Williams will be charged Tuesday with the first-degree murder of a 31-year-old Sierra Club worker outside her condominium on New Year's Eve, the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office announced Saturday.

Authorities said Williams, 48, said he stabbed Shannon Harps.

Williams has a history of violence and has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

But Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O'Toole said his office has concluded "he is competent" to stand trial for the death of Harps, based on Williams' interviews with authorities and his demeanor.
Scott O'Toole is a UW Trial Ad instructor.

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