Man enters plea in fatal Seattle-area shooting

KENT, Wash. (AP) - A 22-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a 96-year-old Seattle-area man with the man's own gun and bashing the man's granddaughter a dozen times with a crowbar has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and assault charges.

KOMO-TV reports ( http://is.gd/378ov8) that Shane Chamberlain entered his pleas Monday. He's held on $2 million bail in the Jan. 25 attack that killed Philip Hamlin, who was shot as he rested at his home in the south Seattle suburb of Normandy Park. According to court documents, the elderly man's granddaughter, Bethany Hamlin, was attacked with a crowbar as she vacuumed in her grandfather's house. She was able to defend herself with a chair and escape to a neighbor's house.

Police say Chamberlain's wife worked as Philip Hamlin's caregiver.

Prosecutors say Chamberlain reported having marital problems and told a 911 dispatcher that's why he "broke." He's due back in court Feb. 24.

___

Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/


(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Failing
    So far, it's good news for car tab fees in King County, and bad news for bus riders

  • Minimum Age Debate
    There's a push to raise the age to from 18 to 21 in order to legally buy tobacco

  • Time for Change, Already
    Shannon Drayer is expecting some changes after the Mariners' eighth straight loss
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.