A fight in the parking lot of a Burien apartment building turned fatal on Sunday when a 57-year-old man was punched and then fell back and smacked his head on the concrete. Prosecutors have charged a 43-year-old with first-degree manslaughter.
A 43-year-old Burien man was charged Friday with first-degree manslaughter, accused of repeatedly striking another man and causing him to fall and hit his head on a concrete driveway on Sunday night, according to King County prosecutors.
Jose Leon-Medina, 57, suffered a skull fracture and brain bleed and died hours later at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.
Jose Ramirez-Inda, who goes by the name “Guerro,” was arrested Tuesday evening in the 13600 block of Ambaum Avenue Southwest in Burien, about a mile south of the parking lot where Leon-Medina was mortally injured, charging papers say.
Ramirez-Inda, who has a prior felony gun conviction and deportation history in California, remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail, court and jail records show.
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A resident of a Burien apartment building called 911 Sunday to report a fight between two men in the parking lot and said four other men were watching them, charging papers say. The witness, who said the men all sounded drunk, remained on the phone with a dispatcher as police responded and reported that one man had fallen and wasn’t moving, according to the charges.
Police say Ramirez-Inda fled but convinced the others to lie and say Leon-Medina had accidentally fallen and hit his head, the charges say. The men agreed, but at least one of them changed his account after learning Leon-Medina had died, telling a detective that the group had been drinking beer and tequila when the victim joined them in the parking lot, according to the charges.
He told police Leon-Medina, who was also drunk, made inappropriate comments, which angered Ramirez-Inda, and the two traded punches; the other men tried to make Ramirez-Inda stop and at least one of them was struck by a punch meant for Leon-Medina, say the charges. After one final punch, Leon-Medina fell backward and hit his head on the pavement, charging papers say.
Police say Ramirez-Inda told detectives he has known Leon-Medina for about 10 years and has been involved in altercations with him in the past, but the two continued to hang out and drink beer together, say the charges.
At the time of his arrest, Ramirez-Inda had scratch marks on his face and arms, and his right hand was swollen, charging papers say.
In addition to his fatal head injury, Leon-Medina had a tooth knocked out and other injuries consistent with being punched, say the charges.