Prosecutors Charge Man For Second Axe Murder

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee February 2, 2011


A second count of first-degree murder was filed against a man accused in another slaying in Seattle. Both slayings were committed with a hatchet, prosecutors said.

Michael La Rosa was charged Wednesday in a random hatchet attack on Richard Dale Holme on Nov. 21 in Seattle's International District.

Police said the slaying occurred the day before La Rosa used the same hatchet to kill Joseph LaMagno on a sidewalk in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. La Rosa was charged earlier with murder in LaMagno’s slaying.

According to probable cause documents, Holme was found unconscious against a wall at Fifth Avenue South and South Weller Street, bleeding profusely from head injuries. Holmes never regained consciousness and died at Harborview Hospital, police said.

After an autopsy was completed on Holme’s body, the medical examiner said the wounds on the victim’s body were from a hatchet or ax.

During a police interview with La Rosa, La Rosa first denied any involvement in the attack on Holme but later changed his mind and said he would tell officers what happened if they provided cigarettes, documents said.

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