Judge says man who killed SCC professor is an extreme danger to the community

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

According to our news partner The Seattle Times:

A judge said Monday that Donnell D. Jackson is “an extreme danger to the community” and set his bail at $2 million in connection with the unprovoked knife attack Friday night in Pioneer Square that killed Shoreline Community College professor Troy Wolff and injured his girlfriend. 
King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Don Raz, who requested the high bail, noted that Jackson has “only been living in Seattle for two months,” is homeless and claims he’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia. 
Public defender Maureen McKee asked King County District Court Judge Arthur Chapman “to impose a reasonable amount of bail,” arguing Jackson, 44, “suffers from an extreme mental illness” and would benefit from mental-health treatment outside of jail. 
Noting that may be true, Chapman said it was very likely Jackson would fail to appear in court for future hearings and “also very likely some other crime would occur if he were released.” He noted that Jackson appears to have a criminal history in California, including a conviction for a crime that was “tantamount to arson.” 
“This case is beyond tragic,” said Chapman, who also said “whether he (Jackson) has a mental illness in fact is still open to question.”

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