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December 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM
A man who fatally stabbed his girlfriend before fleeing to Northern California three years ago was sentenced today to just over 35 years in prison.
Shawn Gulseth, 43, was found living under a bridge in a small town 200 miles north of San Francisco. He killed Bonnie Peterson, 45, in her Kent apartment on Dec. 20, 2010.
Originally charged with first-degree murder, Gulseth pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder, with the charge carrying aggravators for domestic violence and Gulseth’s use of a deadly weapon, court records show.
After killing Peterson in her apartment at 25811 110th Ave. S.E., Gulseth allegedly tried to get into cars on nearby Kent Kangley Road in an apparent attempt to escape, police said at the time. Surveillance video from a bank on Kent Kangley Road showed Gulseth wearing mismatched shoes, one gray, one white and black; police found the matches for the shoes near Peterson’s body in her apartment.
When Peterson, 45, didn’t show up for work on Dec. 21, 2010, friends went to check on her and called 911 after finding her body, according to charging papers. Bloody fingerprints that were matched to Gulseth also were found in her apartment, according to the documents. Peterson was trying to end her relationship with Gulseth when she was killed.
After the California Highway Patrol received a police bulletin indicating Gulseth was wanted on a $1.5 million warrant and might be hiding out in the town of Willits, a California Highway Patrol officer located and positively identified Gulseth based on the distinctive tattoos on his body.
December 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM
A man pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally stabbing his cousin last Christmas Eve in Auburn, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Bradley Courville pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a deadly-weapon enhancement. He also pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for assaulting an Auburn police officer.
The 25-year-old Courville, who goes by the nickname “Red Cloud,” faces a range of 15 to 23 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 10.
Around 1:18 a.m. Dec. 24, Auburn police found the victim, Quinn Oliver, 26, dead at a home in the 4000 block of Auburn Way South. A woman at the residence told officers that before Oliver died, he staggered inside and said that “Red Cloud” had stabbed him.
Soon after the woman explained this to police, Courville emerged from some nearby bushes and identified himself to officers, according to charging documents.
When talking with police, Courville said he was experiencing a “spiritual” moment before the slaying and grabbed a butcher knife, charges said. Courville told officers that Oliver called him a name and he reacted by stabbing the man in the neck. Courville said that after the stabbing he hid in the bushes.
December 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM
King County prosecutors charged Vanetta Richardson, 34, of Renton, with second-degree murder today, accusing her of shooting her unarmed husband seven times as he tried to flee their house on Sunday.
Richardson allegedly fired a .40-caliber handgun nine times at Jerry Butler Jr., 31, while her children were in her line of fire, charging papers say. Butler was shot twice in the back, once in the back of the head, once in the buttock, once to the front of his left shoulder and twice to the side of his body, according to the charges.
Though Richardson had told police she fired at Butler who lunged at her during an argument, his injuries are inconsistent with her description of events given “there were no gunshot entrance wounds to the direct front of Butler’s body,” the papers say.
Richardson called 911 just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday and reported that she had shot her husband because he had been hitting her, according to the charges. Butler died at the scene and was found lying face down in the yard outside their house in the 12400 block of Southeast 184th Street in Renton, the papers say.
“Although aiming at her husband, the defendant fired her gun multiple times when her children, who are all 16-years-old or younger, were in her line of fire. Her willingness to kill her husband while simultaneously endangering her children with injury from the gunfire establishes she is a danger to the community and her children,” King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Don Raz wrote in charging documents.
Richardson, who remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail, is to be arraigned Dec. 16.
December 4, 2013 at 11:43 AM
The brother of a White Center man who was killed when he was mistaken for a gang member a week ago appealed for someone with information to come forward.
The victim, Michael Delfin-Rodriguez, 22, and his brother, Saul Delfin-Rodriquez, were walking down Southwest 108th Street near Second Avenue Southwest around 2 a.m. Nov. 27 when two young men confronted them and accused them of being in a rival gang, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Both denied any gang affiliation and, as they tried walking away, were shot at. At least one young man fired several shots. Michael Delfin-Rodriquez was shot in the back and died.
Saul Delfin-Rodriguez, spoke about his slain brother at a news conference Wednesday morning.
“My brother is the last person who should’ve died that day because he was all about family,” he said.
He said he and Michael had gone out that night to get something to drink when they encountered two teenagers.
“They looked like a bunch of kids to us,” Saul said. They tried ignoring them, but they opened fire, he said.
“It was completely random,” he said.
Neighbors were only able to report they saw two black male juveniles running from the scene.
Asked what he would say to the people responsible for the slaying, Saul said, “You guys have to pay for this sooner or later.”
Anyone with additional details about the slaying is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 206-296-3311.
“A young man has lost his life because he was mistaken to be in a gang,” Deputy Charlie Akers said last week.
December 3, 2013 at 6:03 PM
A Renton man was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder with a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm after authorities say he killed a 26-year-old woman because he believed she had damaged his car.
Jowanna Gooden, who died of a gunshot wound to the head, was found dead near the Burke-Gilman Trail, in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, on Oct. 4.
Uriel Boyd has been held in lieu of $1 million bail since his arrest on Nov. 26.
According to the charges:
On the night of Oct. 3, Boyd, who also goes by the name “Duane,” was seen by a witness talking to Gooden at the R-Bar & Grill on 116th Avenue Southeast in Renton.
Detectives got a search warrant for Boyd’s phone records and determined that he received a phone call at 10:55 p.m. on Oct. 3 while near the 4000 block of Bagley Avenue North, which is about five blocks from where Gooden’s body was found. Officers found a single 9 mm shell casing near her feet, as well as a nearly empty can of 211 Steel Reserve beer nearby, the charges allege.
Detectives found the same brand of beer in Gooden’s apartment, along with a pizza she’d purchased within hours of her death.
Police say Boyd drove Gooden to Seattle and they argued after Boyd accused her of damaging his Ford Crown Victoria, the charges say. According to police, Boyd claimed he brandished a 9 mm gun to scare Gooden and the gun went off as he pointed it at her from less than two feet away, the charges allege.
December 3, 2013 at 11:41 AM
The Associated Press
PORT ANGELES — It has cost Clallam County about $1 million this year to re-try a man in the 1993 slaying of his wife and business partner at an exotic bird farm near Sequim.
The Peninsula Daily News reports county commissioners face a budget emergency of nearly half a million dollars because of expenses related to the retrial of Darold Stenson.
The 61-year-old was found guilty last month of two counts of aggravated murder and will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
December 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM
One of the three people convicted as teens in the 2008 slaying of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael is in trouble again.
In fact, all three are now behind bars.
Kenneth Kelly, 20, was arrested last night on a drug charge in the park next to the King County Courthouse during a police operation, Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said today. Kelly was spotted selling crack cocaine and was taken into custody, according to Whitcomb.
Kelly had “a small amount of crack and a little over $200″ in his possession, Whitcomb said.
He has not been charged.
Kelly had recently been released from prison following a conviction last year for unlawful possession of a firearm, according to court records.
Kelly, who was 15 at the time, and Billy Chambers and Ja’Mari Jones, both 16, pleaded guilty April 3, 1999, to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 53-year-old McMichael, who was beaten Oct. 25, 2008, during a robbery near Seattle Center and later died of his injuries.
McMichael was known for playing his tuba outside Seattle sporting events and Seattle Opera performances.
December 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM
Update at 3:05 p.m.:| Bail for the suspect was set at $1 million during a first appearance at the King County Jail courtroom.
Original post:| A 34-year-old Renton woman has been arrested for investigation of homicide-domestic violence, Renton police said this morning.
At 1:38 p.m. Sunday, a woman called 911 to report that she had shot her husband, according to police. When officers responded to the home in the 12400 block of Southeast 184th Street they found a 31-year old man bleeding from apparent gunshot wounds.
The man later died at the scene, police said.
The suspect, the man’s wife, was arrested. Children in the home were released to a family friend, police said.
The suspect is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon, police said.
November 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM
Gang members killed a young man in White Center this morning after accusing him of being in a rival gang he was not part of, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim and a friend were walking down Southwest 108th Street near Second Avenue Southwest around 2 a.m. when two suspects confronted them and accused them of being in a rival gang, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Both denied the affiliation and, as they tried walking away, were shot at.
Officers responded to reports of at least one gunshot and a man lying in the middle of the street at about 2:15 a.m. They attempted life-saving measures, according to Sgt. Tony McNabb, but by the time medics arrived, the gunshot victim had died.
“A young man has lost his life because he was mistaken to be in a gang,” said Deputy Charlie Akers.
In a news release, Akers asked the the public to “put themselves in the shoes of this innocent young man’s family. As we are entering the holiday season, this family is grieving the senseless loss of this young man. If this was one of your loved ones, you would want answers; you would want justice.”
So far, neighbors have only been able to report they saw two black males running from the scene. Anyone with additional details about the murder is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 206-296-3311.
November 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Police have arrested a 32-year-old Renton man in connection with the slaying of a woman whose body was found Oct. 4 near the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.
The suspect has been booked into the King County Jail on murder and drug charges, police said.
Police this morning released few details about what led to the man’s arrest other than to say it was the result of the combined efforts of homicide detectives, CSI, Technical Support Unit and SWAT. Police said members of the community helped to identify the suspect.
Detective Renee Witt told seattlepi.com the suspect is an “associate” of the victim who claims the slaying was an “accident.”
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Jowanna Gooden, 26, who died of a gunshot wound to the head. Police said they believe she was killed elsewhere and her body left by the trail.
Officers were called to a stretch of trail in the 2400 block of North Northlake Way around 4:30 a.m. Oct. 4 after a passer-by called 911 to report finding Gooden’s body, police said.
Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said investigators “do not believe the woman was randomly targeted.”
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