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

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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.

The woman said she swore at Pollock and he ran out of the house, charging paperwork said.

The woman didn’t want Pollock to get into trouble so she initially told investigators she didn’t see the attack, the papers allege.

Sheriff’s investigators listened in on a phone call between the woman’s sister and Pollock in which he allegedly said he struck Linton because they were “running their mouths,” charging paperwork said.

Police allege Pollock had explained: “I was getting ready to leave and Jacob woke up, it was either me or him,” charging papers said.

Pollock surrendered to authorities last Wednesday after learning he was wanted in the attack. He is in the King County Jail.

According to King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeffrey Dernbach, Pollock’s only criminal conviction is for reckless driving.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com