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Person of interest in fatal UP fire to undergo mental evaluation in Seattle homicide

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
August 31, 2010 1:05 pm

A man charged with killing a Seattle woman and assaulting her partner is being sent back to Western State Hospital to determine whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial, the Seattle Times is reporting.


Isaiah Kalebu also is a person of interest in an arson fire that killed two people in University Place last year.

Kalebu is charged with aggravated first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree rape and first-degree burglary in the July 19, 2009 attack that left Teresa Butz dead and her partner badly wounded. Prosecutors contend he broke into the women’s South Seattle apartment then raped and tortured them before stabbing Butz, who died.

He’s pleaded not guilty and faces life in prison without the possibility of release if convicted as charged. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg decided not to seek the death penalty for Kalebu, citing the man’s history of mental illness.

He remains a person of interest in the house fire July 9, 2009, in University Place. The bodies of his aunt, Rachel Kalebu, 62; and a tenant, John “J.J.” Jones, 57, were found in the burned house.

He’s not been charged in that case.

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