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April 7, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Ex-boyfriend charged in killing of woman found on tracks

The former boyfriend of the woman whose body was found on railroad tracks in July 2013 was charged with second-degree murder Friday, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Roger Seela, 42, is accused of murdering April Frederick, his former girlfriend, in Seattle’s Sodo district, four days after she was released from the King County Jail, where she’d been held for setting him on fire with a butane torch.

On July 2, homicide detectives were called to the tracks near Fifth Avenue South and South Spokane Street by a train engineer who had seen her body, according to the Seattle Police Department. Investigators determined she had not been struck by a train but had significant head injuries.

Officers interviewed Seela, who was staying at the transient camp a few feet from where Frederick’s body was found, according to the probable-cause affidavit. He denied any knowledge of the homicide.

At the time of her death, Frederick was the subject of a domestic-violence protection order that prohibited her from going within 500 feet of Seela.

Seela was arrested Wednesday after the Washington State Crime Lab determined his DNA was a match to evidence obtained from the victim, police said.

He remains in jail with bail set at $1 million.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Sodo


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