The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5:44 p.m.

Judge denies self-defense claim in manslaughter sentencing

EVERETT ó A judge on Thursday didnít buy a Lake Stevens manís claim that he was acting in self-defense when he took a life in Lynnwood.
Leo Scott, 36, was sentenced in Snohomish County Superior Court to 5 1/2 years in prison ó the maximum based on his second-degree manslaughter conviction and criminal history. At trial, a jury acquitted Scott of second-degree murder in the death of Windell Vaughn, 32.
Vaughn was found lying face down in a Lynnwood house on 204th Street SW. A large kitchen knife had pierced his lungs and heart.
Prosecutors alleged the convicted felon stabbed Vaughn during an argument.
Witnesses reported hearing the two men shouting. Another reported seeing Scott holding a knife with the blade embedded in Vaughnís torso.
A witness wrestled the knife away and Vaughn collapsed.
Police found Scott riding a bicycle about 20 blocks from the homicide scene. He was arrested after a brief struggle with officers.
Scott, 36, claimed that he stabbed Vaughn in self-defense. A jury found him criminally negligent in Vaughnís death but wasnít persuaded he intended to kill him.
Judge Eric Lucas rejected a defense argument that the defendant should be given a prison term below the standard sentencing range. He pointed out that the victim was stabbed by a knife with a 7 1/2-inch serrated blade.
Based on testimony at trial, Lucas said he was convinced there were no grounds to believe it was a case of self-defense.
The victim ďwas not the initiator, not the aggressor and not the provoker,Ē Lucas said.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com
Story tags » Lake StevensHomicide

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

loading...

HeraldNet highlights

Looking for a friend?
Looking for a friend?: Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (21 new photos)
Everett frigate's final days
Everett frigate's final days: Crew prepares USS Ingraham for scrapping
Holiday movie preview
Holiday movie preview: Robert Horton's take on what's coming to theaters
Did Seahawks find missing link?
Did Seahawks find missing link?: Meeting between players, Carroll may have turned season around
SnoCoSocial