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May 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Murder charge filed after body found in shopping cart

Michael Sean Thompson, suspected of killing another man and leaving his body in a shopping cart in a South Seattle neighborhood last week, was charged today with second-degree murder.

According to prosecutors, the victim may have been killed in Thompson’s room at a housing complex operated by Sound Mental Health.

Thompson, 46, who is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail, is scheduled to be arraigned on June 12.

Witnesses reported seeing a man struggling to push a shopping cart with a body in it on South Austin Street in Seattle’s Othello neighborhood the morning of May 22, police said.

Officers were called after a woman reported seeing the man trying to place the body in recycle and trash bins in her backyard, according to a friend of the witness. The man left when the woman called out to ask him what he was doing, the friend said.

The victim has been identified as Daryl M. Ford, a homeless man. An autopsy showed he had been stabbed more than 80 times, according to charging documents.

Police say documents found in the shopping cart connected Thompson with an 18-unit housing complex operated by Sound Mental Health a few blocks from where the body was found. Kenyon House provides mental-health and behavioral support to residents.

Police said staff at the residential complex on South Kenyon Street said Thompson had not been seen for several days, according to charging documents.

According to police, Thompson also left his fingerprints on the cart and matched the description provided by the witness.

Police obtained surveillance video from Kenyon House which shows Ford may have been killed in Thompson’s room, according to the charging documents.

The video shows Thompson walking into his room with a man — who “strongly resembles Ford” — pushing a bicycle at about 11:13 p.m. on May 21, the documents said. At about 5:53 a.m. the next day, Thompson is seen leaving the room with the man’s bicycle, according to the documents.

About 15 minutes later, Thompson returns to the room pushing an empty shopping cart, the documents said. He emerges from the room about three hours later pushing a shopping cart that is filled with numerous items.

Charging papers say Ford is never seen on the surveillance video leaving Thompson’s room.

Court documents indicate Thompson has a criminal history that includes convictions for drug offenses, theft, assault and disorderly conduct. The prosecutor’s office also notes he has two convictions in California for assault with a deadly weapon in 1989.

Earlier this year, he was convicted of taking a motor vehicle without permission and was sentenced to serve eight months on electronic home detention, King County Superior Court documents say. Thompson was fitted with an ankle monitoring device at a King County detention facility on May 19. Court records say he was supposed to return home and set up the monitoring hardware, but he failed to do so.

His caseworker reported him missing the next day, and on May 21 a bench warrant was issued for his arrest, according to court documents.


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