Followup: Alki shooting-at-police suspect returns to court

gavel.jpgWe’re at the King County Courthouse, where Thomas Qualls has just made his first court appearance since pleading not guilty to three counts of second-degree assault. Those charges are a result of the incident at his Alki home one month ago (original WSB coverage here) in which police say that, after they responded to a call about suicidal threats, they wound up firing at Qualls as he fired an assault rifle at them. He was hit once in the abdomen and got out of the hospital less than a week after the incident; he was in a wheelchair for his court appearance today, but did not speak (this type of hearing, it should be noted, is not often an occasion for defendants to comment). The hearing was for “case-setting,” relatively routine; lawyers asked for extra time, and mentioned a potential plea-bargain offer (no details), while also saying they are still awaiting key reports in the case, including one for ballistics (the charges against Qualls carry “firearm enhancements”). If the case is not resolved sooner, the next court date will be in January. Qualls remains in King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

1 Reply to "Followup: Alki shooting-at-police suspect returns to court"

  • Jim P. October 7, 2010 (2:01 pm)

    I’ll wager the wheelchair was window dressing by his attorneys. They’d bring him in in an iron lung if they could find one and if they thought it would make the judge or jury soppy.

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