Seattle light rail attack suspect faces new murder charge

Alexander Jay is accused of killing Brent Morgan Wood late on the night of March 2nd.

SEATTLE — The man accused of indiscriminately assaulting a woman at a Seattle light rail station and then allegedly stabbing a second woman to death a short time later is now facing a different felony count of first-degree murder.

Alexander Jay is accused of killing Brent Morgan Wood on the night of March 2nd. An autopsy revealed that Wood died from multiple blunt head injuries.

Wood was attacked within the same 24 hours as Kim Hayes. Jay is accused of grabbing Hayes and throwing her down a flight of stairs at a light rail station twice. Hayes said she fought back, but the attack left her with broken ribs and a fractured collarbone.

A short time later, police said Jay stabbed a woman 10 times at a bus stop and the victim spent “a few days” in the hospital.

Jay’s defense attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case. On Tuesday, a judge said the charges against him would not be dismissed.

Jay was arrested for allegedly assaulting the two women on March 3.

March 3 is the same day that Wood’s body was found face down on the 1800 block of East Olive Way.

At approximately 12:26 a.m., a witness called 911 to report that he had seen an unresponsive man on the ground. Seattle police officers arrived at the scene at approximately 12:29 a.m. and found the victim in the All Seasons Cleaners parking lot.

At the scene, officers found a piece of rebar about 12 inches long in a recycling bin several feet away, according to indictment documents. There appeared to be blood on one end of the armor.

Fast forward to March 22, when police submitted the rebar to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab for DNA testing.

On June 16, the results of the test showed that DNA on the rebar matched wood. Preliminary information from the same test indicated that Jay’s DNA may have been on the armor, according to indictment documents.

Additionally, Jay can be seen on surveillance footage in the area, including the All Seasons Cleaners parking lot, around 11 p.m. on March 2, less than two hours before police responded to the scene, according to indictment documents.

Prosecutors are asking that Jay be held on additional $5 million bail in connection with the murder charges.

Unable to stand trial

After Jay’s arrest, he was initially deemed unfit to stand trial.

While Jay remains in prison, he is scheduled to be hospitalized. The Department of Social and Health Services said this was largely due to a shortage of available beds and there likely won’t be a place for him until early October.

For every day the DSHS doesn’t allow Jay, the agency has to pay him $250, according to a June judge’s ruling. Jay’s defense attorney is pushing for more than that in a newly filed motion.

During the June hearing, Judge Johanna Bender learned that the DSHS had failed to place Jay in an inpatient facility. The judge said keeping Jay in jail instead of treating him was a violation of his constitutional rights.

The state agency has not yet paid, and as of August 8, the accumulated penalties total $23,000, retroactive to May 9.

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