October 8, 2013 at 6:39 PM
Murder charge filed in fatal beating of South Seattle man
A man was charged with second-degree murder today in connection with the brutal beating of a South Seattle man last month.
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 another man 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 the victim and banging his head repeatedly against the glass walls of a bus shelter, according to police. The victim was then punched in the face and he fell to the ground, striking the back of his head, police said.
The victim 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 on Thursday. 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.
Arraignment is set for Oct. 21 at the King County Courthouse.
A charge of Murder in the Second Degree was filed today in the fatal beating of a South Seattle man last month. The defendant, Hosea Wilcox, 38, is accused of choking the victim and slamming his head against the glass walls of a bus shelter. The victim was then allegedly punched and he fell to the ground, striking his head on the concrete surface. About a week later, he died of his injuries. Wilcox is also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. He remains in jail on $500,000 bail. Arraignment is set for October 21 at the King County Courthouse.
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