October 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM
Man pleads not guilty to fatal beating at Rainier Valley bus shelter
A man accused of the brutal beating of a South Seattle man at a Rainier Valley bus shelter last month pleaded not guilty this morning to second-degree murder.
Hosea Wilcox, 38, is also charged with unlawful posession of a firearm, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office. He is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Wilcox is accused of attacking 55-year-old Bobby Washington in the 5100 block of South Henderson Street just after 11 p.m. on Sept. 2.
Witnesses told detectives that they saw a man choking Washington and banging his head repeatedly against the glass walls of a bus shelter, according to police. Washington was then punched in the face and he fell to the ground, striking the back of his head, police said.
Washington went home, but within 48 hours of the attack was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. About a week later he slipped into a coma and eventually died on Sept. 19, police said.
Police arrested Wilcox earlier this month. A search of Wilcox turned up a loaded handgun reported stolen by the King County Sheriff’s Office, according to police.
As a convicted felon, Wilcox cannot lawfully possess a firearm, police said.
Prosecutors say Wilcox believed Washington had disrespected his mother.
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