A man accused in the unprovoked crowbar attack on a young woman and the shooting death of her 96-year-old grandfather in Normandy Park on Jan. 25 pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree murder and first-degree assault charges.
Shane Chamberlain, 22, was charged in late January in connection with the death of Philip Hamlin and the attack on his granddaughter. The granddaughter was vacuuming in Hamlin’s house when Chamberlain attacked, striking her at least a dozen times in the head, neck and arms with a metal crowbar, according to charging documents. The woman was able to grab a metal chair to defend herself, then escape to a neighbor’s house and call 911. Chamberlain then searched for and found a .38-caliber revolver that belonged to Hamlin and shot and killed him.
According the probable-cause statement, Chamberlain and his wife worked as caregivers for Hamlin and lived at his house in the 18500 block of Normandy Terrace Southwest, but he had moved out because they were having marital problems. He has no prior criminal record.
His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 24, according to court documents.