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The Today File

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January 12, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Hearing Monday for Redmond-area man accused of killing father

UPDATE at 4:53 p.m.: Mark Karasek, who is accused of fatally shooting his father on Friday, did not appear in court Monday, prompting the judge to set over his bond hearing until Tuesday. The deadline for King County prosecutors to formally charge the 22-year-old is Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Monday that Zdenek Karasek died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide.

ORIGINAL POST: A bond hearing for a 22-year-old Redmond-area man accused of fatally shooting his father is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Mark Karasek did not appear in court on Saturday when a King County District Court judge found probable cause to hold him on investigation of homicide, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Karasek and his father, Zdenek Karasek, 50, were arguing inside the family home in the 22000 block of Northeast 75th Street around 5 p.m. Friday when the elder Karasek was shot several times and died on the living room floor, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against his son.

Mark Karasek’s girlfriend, grandmother and 11-year-old brother were inside the house during the shooting, it says.

During the argument, “Mark was becoming increasingly agitated” and several gunshots were fired, the statement says. The girlfriend and grandmother both told investigators the younger Karasek is the only one in the home who owns firearms, it says.

As his father and brother argued, the 11-year-old hid under his bed, then jumped out of his bedroom window when he heard gunshots, according to the statement, which says the grandmother also ran out of the house.

Police say Karasek denied shooting his father, telling detectives, “he was in his bedroom all day and never came out of his room,” the statement says.

The younger Karasek was convicted of vehicular assault and sentenced to four months in jail in March 2013, court records show. Then 19, Karasek lost control of his brand new Chevrolet Camaro, crashing into a tree and seriously injured a 14-year-old passenger, the records say. Police found two bottles of vodka in the vehicle, according to the records.

Public records also show Zdenek Karasek ran a small marketing, graphic-design and public-relations firm.

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