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Western State patient charged with attempted murder after attack on other patient

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 24, 2012 at 6:31 am |
July 24, 2012 10:44 am

A Western State Hospital patient has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault for allegedly attacking another patient with a metal lock wrapped in a sock.

Timothy Turnberg, 30, has not entered a plea.

This is not the first time he has been charged with assaulting others.

He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2010 after being charged with first-degree murder in Whatcom County for fatally shooting a man at a bar. He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault in April for an unrelated attack on a patient at Western State, court records show.

In the most recent incident on April 26, Turnberg is accused of attacking the victim with the sock-wrapped lock for no apparent reason. The victim suffered a laceration to his head and injuries to his left forearm, back of the neck and his left shoulder.

During an interview with Lakewood police officers, Turnberg “claimed the victim stared at him ‘wrong’ as if (the defendant) was gay,” according to charging papers.

He also allegedly told police he’d kill anyone who looked at him wrong.

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