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Transient charged with killing Skyway man says he was seeking vengeance for U.S. policies

Leroy Henderson, 30, of Skyway was shot to death late April 27 on his way home from a visit to a Skyway store. - King County Sheriff
Leroy Henderson, 30, of Skyway was shot to death late April 27 on his way home from a visit to a Skyway store.
— image credit: King County Sheriff's Office

Leroy Henderson regularly walked in Skyway, between his home and Skyway Bowl. He was on one of those walks at about 11:40 p.m. April 27 when he was shot 10 times.

Five of those shots were clustered in the back of his right shoulder.

He died at the scene on 68th Avenue South. He was 30 years old.

Shell casings were collected for a Smith and Wesson handgun. His family offered a $1,000 award to anyone who might help solve his murder.

In July those shell casings, stamped with FC 9 mm Lugar, were linked through ballistics tests to a violent homicide in New Jersey on June 25. The suspect in fatal shooting of 19-year-old college student Brendan Tevlin was in custody.

On Wednesday, Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, a convicted sex offender and transient, was charged with aggravated first-degree murder in Henderson's slaying.

The handgun used in the fatal shooting of Henderson and Tevlin also was linked to the fatal shooting of two men on June 1 in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood. In July, Brown was charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young.

Someone convicted of aggravated first-degree murder faces either the death penalty or life in prison without release.

According to media reports, Brown is being held on $5 million bail.

“The investigation in King County and New Jersey reveals that this defendant is responsible for a series of murders, none of which appear to be provoked, and all of which show an extreme level of violence,” said King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg.

“I expect that eventually Brown will come back to King County to face the three aggravated murder charges we have filed, but precisely when that will be remains unclear at this point," he said.

Two detectives with the King County Sheriff's Office interviewed Brown at the Essex County Detention Center in Newark, N.J. In the interview Brown described himself as a devout Muslim.

According to charging documents, Brown was angry with the "evil" the U.S. government allowed in the country. In the interview he said that as part of his beliefs, if a "man sees evil, then he must take action against that evil."

He told the King County detectives that the policies the U.S. government followed in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan had led to the deaths of innocent civilians and children.

He told an Essex County detective that the death of Brendan Tevlin was a "just kill;" he was an adult male and not a woman, child or elderly person.

"All these lives [in the Middle East] are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life," he told the detectives.

After close questioning, he took responsibility for the fatal shootings in Seattle and Skyway, according to court documents. The motive, he said, was the "same thing."

Detective: "Those four murders that we're talking about were all done for vengeance for the actions of the United States in the Middle East?"

Brown: "Yes"

Detective: "Are you taking responsibility for that?"

Brown: "Just doing my small part."

Prosecutors write that all four men, who were alone late at night in a quiet place, were shot multiple times without provocation and "under circumstances that essentially amount to execution."

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