A King County District Court judge on Monday found probable cause to hold a man on investigation of murder and assault in connection with the shooting death of a 96-year-old Normandy Park man and a crowbar attack on the man’s granddaughter on Saturday.
The suspect waived his first appearance in court Monday, and a bail hearing was set over until Tuesday.
Normandy Park police responded to a house in the 18500 block of Normandy Terrace Southwest about 2:45 p.m. Saturday after receiving at least two 911 calls, police said at the time. Philip Hamlin was pronounced dead in the home, and an injured woman was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to police.
On Monday, about a dozen relatives of Hamlin were in the courtroom at the King County Jail for the hearing. Philip Hamlin’s son, Harry Hamlin, later said he has known the suspect and his wife for four years — and that the wife, who used to clean and garden for Harry Hamlin, began working as his father’s caregiver eight or nine months ago.
Hamlin said the suspect was visiting his father when he allegedly shot the older man and then attacked Harry Hamlin’s niece with a crowbar, partially severing her ear. Hamlin said his niece was very close to her grandfather and is now “resting comfortably at home” after being released from the hospital.
The Hamlin family is at a loss to explain what happened: “We don’t understand the motive or anything like that,” said Harry Hamlin. He said his father was a pioneer in several technology areas, held several patents and was “well to do.”
But there was “no indication or evidence that anything was missing” from his father’s home, Hamlin said.
He said his father’s caregiver is devastated. She and her husband have been having marital problems and he moved out, Hamlin said, adding the suspect is “a reserved, quiet guy” whom the family never knew to be violent.