A King County District Court judge found probable cause today to hold a 26-year-old Kent man in the King County Jail on investigation of homicide in connection with the bludgeoning death of a 48-year-old man in Covington on Sunday afternoon.
The suspect is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. King County prosecutors are expected to file formal charges by Wednesday.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is awaiting scientific identification before releasing the name of the dead man.
The suspect and victim were drinking together in a trailer behind a house in the 26800 block of 172nd Place Southeast and got into a fight, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the suspect.
A man who lives in the house became concerned for the victim after he noticed blood on the 26-year-old when the younger man knocked on the homeowner’s window, demanded alcohol and said he had a gun, the statement says. The homeowner called 911 around 5:30 p.m. after finding the victim dead inside the trailer, it says.
When King County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they noted that the suspect had blood on his hands, shirts and pants but he couldn’t provide an explanation for the blood, the statement says. Initially, deputies thought that the victim had been fatally shot, but on Monday a sheriff’s spokeswoman said the man had been bludgeoned to death.
According to court documents, two of the suspect’s former girlfriends — including the mother of his 8-year-old daughter — filed petitions for protection orders against the man this year. Both women said in their petitions that the 26-year-old has a substance abuse problem and refused to leave them alone, the records say.