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Courtroom audio reveals that King County prosecutors asked a judge to hold future Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis on $25,000 bail after he was arrested for investigation of malicious mischief in Seattle in 2004.
Alexis was arrested after he shot out the tires of a construction worker’s vehicle next door to his home in Seattle. Despite the bail request, King County District Court Judge Mariane Spearman released him from custody on two conditions: that he not possess guns, and that he have no contact with the construction worker.
In a brief exchange, Alexis told the judge he could agree to the conditions, which were in force for 72 hours from the time of his arrest.
Alexis appeared in court again three days later, but was released when no charges were referred by Seattle police to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, which normally handles felony charging decisions.
Alexis was never charged in the Seattle shooting, and it remains unclear why.
Seattle police said in a news release Monday they referred the case to Seattle Municipal Court — although it is the City Attorney’s Office, not the court, that handles misdemeanor charging decisions.
The Seattle City Attorney’s Office says that it never received a police report documenting the malicious mischief.
“Thus, we didn’t review it for possible charges,” spokeswoman Kimberly Mills said in an email.