Court updates: Alleged axe murderer trial set + alleged molester pleads not guilty

Michael LaRosa, the man accused of killing Joe LaMagno at 15th and Union November 22, is scheduled to stand trial in September, reports Capitol Hill Seattle. He has also been charged with the murder of Dale Richard Holme in the International District a day before the attack on LaMagno. LaRosa, who had previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia, has been deemed mentally competent to stand trial.

In another case in the courts, Timothy L. Dampier has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually abused several children in the region. He has been charged with one count of child molestation in the first degree, three counts of child molestation in the second degree, one count of child molestation in the third degree, one count of rape of a child in the second degree, one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, according to court documents.

Dampier has been active in several Central District churches, and the allegations came to light after he was hired as a musician at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.

Dampier’s trial date has been scheduled for September 29. He was arrested May 4 and is being held in King County jail on $500,000 bail.

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