King County Prosecuting Attorney
Arraignment in Fatal Stabbing in Ballard: Arraignment was held this morning for a 34-year-old man who is accused in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend inside their RV in Ballard on April 28. The defendant, William Harrell, was arraigned and pled not guilty to a charge of Murder in the Second Degree-Domestic Violence for the fatal stabbing of Kirstyn Outen, 29. The murder charge also includes a deadly weapon allegation and an aggravating factor alleging the defendant’s history of domestic violence. Harrell remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. A case setting hearing is scheduled for May 25 at the King County Courthouse.
Guilty Plea in Fatal Drive-by Shooting in Auburn: A 20-year-old man pled guilty this morning in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed two men at a bus stop in Auburn on October 20, 2015. The defendant, Froilan Hermenegildo, pled guilty to two counts of Murder in the Second Degree with firearm enhancements, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree, and two counts of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. The defendant was charged in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Angel Mireles and 40-year-old Mark Rivera, who was Mireles’ stepfather. Hermenegildo faces a sentence range of about 38 to 54 years in prison, which includes firearm enhancements. Sentencing is set for June 2 at 2:45 p.m. before Judge Chad Allred in courtroom 4B of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors John Castleton and Steve Herschkowitz.
Charges Filed in U.W. Shooting: The King County Prosecutor’s Office today charged a 29-year-old woman in connection with a shooting that occurred during a protest on the University of Washington campus in January. The victim, a 34-year-old man, was shot once in the abdomen outside Kane Hall on January 20. The defendant, Elizabeth Hokoana, was charged this morning with Assault in the First Degree with a firearm enhancement. Her husband, 29-year-old Marc Hokoana, was charged with Assault in the Third Degree for his involvement in the incident.
“The evidence will show that these defendants took a gun into a volatile protest in Red Square, and that Marc Hokoana engaged in several provocative acts, including using pepper spray on the crowd,” said Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney. “The crowd reacted predictably to being pepper sprayed, but the evidence will show that at the time Elizabeth Hokoana fired her pistol that her husband was not in imminent danger,” he added.
University of Washington Police Chief John Vinson praised the support received from both the Seattle and campus communities. He said, “Cooperation from witnesses, including several people sending us video of the incident contributed to our detectives determining what happened.”
Both defendants are scheduled for arraignment on May 3 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Community & Speaking Engagements
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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