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August 10: 

Charges Filed in 1998 Murder: A charge of Murder in the First Degree has been filed against a convicted sex offender who is accused in a previously unsolved murder of a 33-year-old woman in Seattle’s Central District in 1998. The defendant, John R. Stearns, 54, will be arraigned on August 24 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse. The defendant has prior convictions for several violent sexual assaults from the 1980s and 90s in the Central District. Stearns is currently serving a 60-year prison sentence for attacking and raping a woman in 1999.  

August 4: 

Sentencing in Auburn Fatal Stabbing: Today’s sentencing has been rescheduled to September 15 for a 28-year-old man who pled guilty last week to a charge of Murder in the Second Degree with a deadly weapon for the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man in Auburn on February 18, 2016. The defendant, Fritz K. Ratcliffe, was arguing with his girlfriend and then fatally stabbed the woman’s son, Jaseree Fountain, who had tried to help his mother. Ratcliffe faces a sentence range of 158 to 258 months in prison. The September 15 sentencing is set for at 2:45 p.m. before Judge Cheryl Carey in courtroom 3F of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case is being handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mary Barbosa.   

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Dan recently spoke at:

  • Choices Program at Sylvester Middle School
  • Public Defender Conference at Seattle University
  • 180 Program Fundraiser
  • Retired Public Employees Council Meeting


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