Aggravated murder, rape, other charges filed in stabbings that shocked Seattle neighbourhood

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SEATTLE - A man was charged Wednesday with aggravated first-degree murder, rape and other charges in a stabbing that left one woman dead and her partner badly wounded, shocking a south Seattle neighbourhood.
Isaac M. Kalebu was captured last week after a dragnet that at one point occupied at least one-tenth of the city's 750 uniformed police officers. The charges against him, which also include attempted murder and burglary, are based on fingerprints, DNA tests and the survivor's account following an attack that lasted an hour and a half, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said.
Kalebu, 23, was already was under investigation in a fire that killed his aunt and a man who lived with her July 9. He crawled through an open window at about 3 a.m. on July 19 as Teresa Butz, 39, and her 36-year-old partner were asleep, the prosecutor said.
They awoke to find a naked, butcher knife-wielding man who said they wouldn't be otherwise harmed if they submitted to rape, Police Detective Dana N. Duffy wrote in a probable-cause statement filed in court.
But Kalebu soon began cutting each woman in the neck and arms with increasing viciousness, slashing at one while sexually assaulting the other in various ways, Duffy wrote.
Butz managed to kick him aside and hurled a night stand through the bedroom window and leaped outside as her partner ran from the room and out the front door, authorities said.
Butz collapsed in the street and died of a stab wound to the heart.
Kalebu apparently chose the home in the industrial South Park section of Seattle women's home at random, authorities said. He was arrested Friday after a Metro transit bus driver recognized a passenger and his pit bull dog from a video distributed by police.
Satterberg requested that bail remain set at $10 million pending Kalebu's Aug. 12 arraignment.
Under state law Satterberg has 30 days from Wednesday to decide whether to seek the death penalty. The last execution in the state was in 2001. Eight men are on death row, including three who could be given a lethal injection or hanged within a year.

Organizations: Metro inc.

Geographic location: Seattle, King, South Park

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