A 42-year-old inmate awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge was found dead in the infirmary in the King County Jail on Sunday night, said Capt. Troy Bacon, a spokesman for the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention.
The inmate was identified Monday as Roger D. Seela by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. Seela died from metastatic gastric adneocarcinoma, according to death investigators, who ruled he died from natural causes.
In layman’s terms, Seela died from stomach cancer that had metastasized.
According to Bacon, Seela was found unresponsive by staff inside his cell in the jail’s infirmary around 7:30 p.m. Sunday during a routine security check. He said there are call buttons inside each of the cells, but apparently Seela was unable to get out of his bed to access the button.
Seela was arrested April 2 and charged two days later with second-degree murder, accused of fatally beating his former girlfriend, April Frederick, who had previously lit Seela on fire with a butane torch. Frederick’s body was found July 2, 2013, along some railroad tracks near a homeless encampment in Sodo. She died from strangulation and blunt force injuries to her head and neck, charging papers say.
Seela, who was initially interviewed by police soon after Frederick’s body was found, was arrested months later after blood found on his shoes was matched to Frederick’s DNA, the papers say.
According to court records, a case-scheduling hearing on Nov. 25 was continued until February.