A man being held in King County Jail said he killed another man because he said he was just helping the vicitim commit suicide.
A judge has set bail at $1 million for the 32-year-old man arrested on investigation of the homicide on Monday in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, according to a news release from the King County Prosecutor’s office.
According to a statement of probable cause from Seattle police officer Rolf Norton, the victim who was murdered was a male.
“The victim had a prominent ligature furrow on his neck,” Norton wrote in the document. “It appears the victim’s death was caused by ligature strangulation.”
While police were at the scene, the suspect approached and admitted to killing the victim, Norton wrote.
“The suspect told detectives he used the ligature to strangle the vicitm because the vicitim wanted to commit suicide and asked for help,” he wrote.
The suspect had “a ligature that was consistent with the victim’s wounds,” Norton wrote.
According to the Seattle Police Department Blotter, On September 13th at approximately 7:06 a.m. officers responded to the 2000 block of 9th Avenue.
An employee of a local business found a male in his 20′s face down on a loading dock who did not appear to be breathing, the Blotter said.
The area is secured by a chain link fence.
When police arrived, they found the victim, 21, on a loading dock near garbage containers in the 900 block of Virginia Street, the blotter said.
He was believed to have been there for several days, said the police report from Norton.
The King County Medical Examiner responded at 8:45 a.m. and retrieved the victim’s remains, the blotter said.
The King County Medical Examiner will determine the identity of the victim and the cause of death.
According to the news release from the Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect –who has not been named because he has not been charged –appeared in court this afternoon for the bail hearing.
The deadline for filing charges is September 16, according to the release.
Belltown is often times associated with crime in Seattle.
The section of the city grabbed national attention on July 28, 2006, when a man walked into the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building and shot one woman dead and another five seriously injured.
Naveed Haq was eventually found guilty of aggravated first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in December 2009, with jurors unanimously rejecting claims of insanity raised by the defense.
In addition to those six counts, Haq was found guilty by a jury on one count of unlawful imprisonment and one count of malicious harassment, Washington’s hate crime law.
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