Allen Pulphus, suspected of beating a woman to death under the Magnolia Bridge on Monday, has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault.
A man suspected of beating a woman to death and attacking her husband at a Seattle homeless encampment under the Magnolia Bridge, was charged Thursday with second-degree murder and first-degree assault.
King County prosecutors say Allen Pulphus, 52, who lived in a tent under the bridge, used a 5-foot-long, 2-inch-wide metal-enforced wood bludgeon to beat his neighbors, Stacey and Scott Davis.
Scott Davis told police that he was in his tent with his wife on Monday around 9:30 p.m. when Pulphus attacked them without provocation. Stacey Davis, 48, was killed and Scott Davis was injured.
Pulphus was shot in the leg by a Seattle police SWAT officer when Pulphus emerged from the tent naked and tried to run away, police and prosecutors say. Prosecutors say in the charging document that officers tried to use non-lethal force on Pulphus to no effect before the shooting.
The officer who shot Pulphus is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
Pulphus, who has numerous arrests for assault and drug offenses, is being held in the King County Jail on $500,000 bond. He is to be arraigned Sept. 10.