Friday, Jun 22, 2018
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
Uncomman Fragrance by Michael Todd
 
KitchenSource.com
 
 

125x125 Bedding Sets
 
Roku.com-The Little Black Box That Streams Thousands of Films!
 
 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
Back to Section One | Back to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, April 30, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 18
South Park murder suspect will not face death penalty
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
South Park murder suspect will not face death penalty

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer Isaiah Kalebu, the 24-year-old man accused of torturing and raping two women, and slaying one of them, in their South Park home on July 19, 2009, will not face the death penalty.

On April 28, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced that his office will not seek the death penalty for Kalebu due to the man's history of mental illness.

Kalebu currently faces charges of aggravated first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree rape, and first-degree burglary for the rape and murder of Teresa Butz, 39, and the attack on her partner, 37, last summer.

Kalebu is accused of climbing through an open window at the victims' South Park home while the women were sleeping. According to prosecutors, he raped, tortured, and stabbed the women during a 90-minute attack that left the city of Seattle horrified. Butz had fought back and jumped out a window - allowing her lover to escape - and later died from injuries she sustained during the attack. Butz, who has been hailed as a hero within the LGBT community for fighting back, is credited for saving her lover's life.

Last July, when Satterberg announced the criminal charges, he called the attack "a nightmare & all too real" and said the attack was random.

After his arrest, the public learned of Kalebu's history of mental illness. Last year, he had been diagnosed as bipolar.

Satterberg says he considered a number of factors before deciding whether to pursue the death penalty. "A jury would be justified in finding that Kalebu should not be executed because of his documented history of mental illness," Satterberg said in an April 28 news release. "While we do not believe that the history of his mental illness rises to the level of a defense to the criminal charges, we do find that it meets one or more of the statutory criteria set forth in the law that constitutes a 'mitigating factor' for purposes of the capital-punishment statute."

Though the death penalty is no longer being considered, Kalebu still faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted. Kalebu is also a suspect in the deaths of his aunt, Rachel Kalebu, 62, and her tenant John Jones, 57, in a July 9 fire at the aunt's University Place home. Charges have not been filed in that case.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Wrestling star calls LGBT rights a 'pressing issue'
------------------------------
Mississippi high school cuts Lesbian student from yearbook
------------------------------
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Openly Gay Bryce Bennett runs for Montana office
------------------------------
Closing arguments set for federal Prop 8 trial
------------------------------
Getting married
------------------------------
'I won't enforce the immigration law,' says Arizona sheriff
------------------------------
Meet Kevin Keller - Archie Comics introduces Gay character
------------------------------
Return of the Washington Blade
------------------------------
South Park murder suspect will not face death penalty
------------------------------
Lesbian to lead Service Employees International Union 'The most powerful Lesbian in the country'
------------------------------
GetEQUAL announces another protest at White House
------------------------------
Bolivian President not homophobic, spokesperson says
------------------------------
General Gayety: Bad fences make for bad neighbors
------------------------------
Neo-Nazis vandalize local activist office
------------------------------
GSBA cruise mixer a seaworthy success
------------------------------
LGBTQ survey reveals a diverse population
------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------
Pelosi calls for Obama to stop discharging gay servicemembers immediately
------------------------------
Lambda Legal Condemns Arizona's Discriminatory Immigration Law and Calls on Congress to Enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform
------------------------------
Military tells Congress to keep gay ban for now
------------------------------
LGBTs denounce Arizona immigration law
------------------------------
A Murderous Gay iPhone App
------------------------------
Immigrants, Gays, & Bankers
------------------------------
Rising Tory star Philippa Stroud ran prayer sessions to 'cure' gay people
------------------------------
Man sentenced to year in jail for Vancouver gay-bashing attack
------------------------------
How to stop HIV spreading in Zambia's prisons
------------------------------
Lutheran church to reinstate gay pastor in Atlanta
------------------------------
Chely Wright Comes Out
------------------------------
Federal Court to Hear Arguments Tomorrow in DOMA Challenge
------------------------------
Baltic Pride appeals temporary permit suspension
------------------------------
George Rekers Is a Homosexual, Escort Says
------------------------------
Federal Court Hears Arguments in DOMA Challenge
------------------------------

------------------------------
My Interview With Jo-Vanni Roman
------------------------------
Chely Wright on her decision to come out: 'I won't be a whisper. I'm too proud of who I am.'
------------------------------
LGBT & Queer groups to protest San Francisco hotels
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
SkinCareRx Banner (250x250)
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

Roku.com-The Little Black Box That Streams Thousands of Films!
gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2010

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News