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September 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Police: Pioneer Square stabbing suspect ‘dangerous mentally ill person’

UPDATE AT 3:08 P.M.: A judge this afternoon set bail for Jackson at $2 million.

ORIGINAL POST: Donnell Jackson, 44, is to make his first court appearance at a bail hearing this afternoon in connection with Friday’s fatal stabbing in Pioneer Square, according to Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

On Saturday, a King County District Court judge found probable cause to hold Jackson on investigation of homicide and assault, though Jackson did not make a court appearance at that time, Donohoe said.

Professor Troy Wolff, 46, died from his injuries Saturday, and his girlfriend, Kristin Ito, 30, was being treated at Harborview Medical Center.

According to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against him, Jackson randomly stabbed Ito once in the torso, then struggled with Wolff when he intervened. Wolff was stabbed a number of times in the neck and chest, and witnesses later told police that Jackson yelled he was “going to kill” him, wrote Seattle police homicide Detective Cloyd Steiger.

When officers arrived, they found Jackson “still standing over the downed victim,” the statement says.

Jackson was arrested and told detectives he is schizophrenic and that Wolff “was a member of a group trying to kill him,” according to the statement.

“Suspect is a dangerous mentally ill person who attacked and may have killed a stranger for no reason,” Steiger wrote, adding that Jackson is considered an extreme danger to the public. The probable-cause statement also says Jackson is a transient who moved to Seattle a few months ago and has no ties to the local community.

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