Beating victim dies - roommate charged

Thursday, May 6, 2010

King County Sheriff's Department
May 3, 2010

The 31 year-old victim in a Shoreline beating case died at Harborview Medical Center overnight. Detectives expect the Prosecutor’s Office to upgrade the assault charge filed against the suspect to homicide.

Stephen Pollock, who detectives believe was responsible for the attack, turned himself in last Wednesday evening at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. A warrant for his arrest on a charge of Assault 1st Degree had been issued, and the bail was $1,000,000. He is 23 years old.

The attack left the Shoreline man with serious head injuries. The incident occurred on Sunday, April 25.

Pollock was a housemate of both the victim and a woman who witnessed the incident. She called 9-1-1.

The injured man was taking a nap on a basement couch when he was hit in the head with a table leg (similar to one that would be found on a dining room table).

May 4, 2010

Shoreline man charged in roommate's fatal beating with table leg

A Shoreline man accused of fatally beating his roommate with a table leg was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.

By Jennifer Sullivan, Seattle Times staff reporter

A Shoreline man accused of fatally beating his roommate with a table leg was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.

Stephen Pollock, 23, initially had been charged with first-degree assault, but King County prosecutors amended the charge after Jacob Linton died Monday of his injuries.

The two men lived with a 36-year-old woman in the 500 block of Northwest 175th Court in Shoreline, according to court charging papers. On the evening of April 25, the woman and Linton were napping on separate couches when Pollock bludgeoned Linton with a table leg, charging papers said.

The woman initially told King County sheriff's investigators that she awoke to find Linton bleeding from the head and had no idea what had happened, the papers allege.

After failing a polygraph exam, the woman changed her story and said she awoke to see Pollock "standing over" Linton with the table leg in hand, charging papers said.

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