Alexander Jay was hospitalized for 90 days after being found unfit to stand trial. However, the court could not provide him with any help.
SEATTLES — Editor’s Note: The above video of the Seattle light rail shooting suspect being found unfit to stand trial was originally broadcast on April 26, 2022.
The man accused of indiscriminately assaulting a woman at a Seattle light rail station will be paid $250 a day while the state continues to be unable to find him mental health care, a judge ordered Thursday.
Alexander Jay is said to have grabbed a woman twice at King Street light rail station and thrown her down the stairs in March. Jay is also accused of stabbing a woman 10 times at a bus stop in the same day.
In April, Jay was found unfit to stand trial and sentenced to 90 days in hospital.
However, it has been more than 100 days and the state has not transferred Jay to an inpatient facility, prompting his defense to call for his release.
The judge condemned the state and Department of Social and Health Services for failing to find treatment for Jay to restore his legal capacity. The judge said keeping Jay in jail was “barbaric” and not the behavior of a civilized society.
Jay will remain in prison due to the seriousness of the charges, but a judge ordered the state to pay him $250 a day since they can’t get him treatment.
The victim of the light rail station attack, Kim Hayes, appealed to the court Thursday, asking the state to keep Jay in jail.
“He’s going to harm someone. I am absolutely 100% sure. If he gets out he’s going to repeat the offense and I’m 100% sure – I know that’s going to happen,” Hayes said.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/seattle/light-rail-station-attack-suspect-compensated-paid-by-court-mental-help/281-0fc2f762-5aea-4d52-bb92-94c865f7a93f Court to pay Seattle light rail station attack suspect $250 a day he’s not in treatment