Court documents: Man killed Seatac Airport coworker in fight over work equipment

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SEATTLE — One person is dead and another is in jail following a fight between airline employees Saturday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, King County District Court documents obtained by Q13FOX News show.

According to probable cause documents, a 27-year-old contract worker for Korean Air got into an argument with a Korean Air employee regarding a piece of work equipment Saturday morning at the Seatac Airport.

The argument quickly escalated, and the 27-year-old allegedly slapped the other worker, causing him to fall back on the concrete ground and hit his head.

The slapped worker lost consciousness, and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition with a cracked skull that needed surgery. He later died.

The 27-year-old allegedly confessed to hitting his fellow worker in the face.  He is being held in King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail and is under investigation for second-degree murder.

The deadline for filing charges against the man is Wednesday.

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  • Aiquoy

    These charges are dumb, I agree.
    If a person runs down a child because they couldn't be bothered to get off their phone, they get hit with "failure to yield to a pedestrian".
    If in a heat of the moment a Korean slaps another Korean, normally considered a non-lethal offense, and some act of whatever Deity decides it to pull their card by causing a freak-accident after, then it is assault and manslaughter at best.
    These prosecutors are exploiting the public's ignorance about said charges. Murder implies a homicide with intent to kill. That means that slap must have been exacted with the intent to extinguish one's life. Some slap.
    So if I fart in an an elevator and someone chokes on their Snicker's Bar, I can be charged for murder as well, since my fart caused them to choke?
    This is a load of bull and a waste of tax-payer dollars. That's the real crime here; theft of tax-payer dollars by judicial and executive forces for proceeding with such farces.

  • JennyJustice

    It's different because farting is not against the law while slapping is – it is assault. It probably would have just been simple assault, but a death occurred or great bodily injury occurred because of the assault. When something awful happens because you broke the law, you are responsible for everything that happens afterward once you broke that initial law. The reason being is that none of it would have happened if you hadn't broke the law in teh first place. I'm not saying I agree with this, but it's just the way it is – much like a getting the book thrown at you when murder happens in the commission of a felony such as kidnappying. Once you open the can of worms, you better be prepared for the worst possible outcome, because if the worst possible outcome happens, you will be held responsible.

  • Toomuchcrazy

    The assailant should get the maximum jail sentence under the law! Someone died because he couldn't be bothered to try to correct any issues without using violence. His intent is irrelevant IMO…should have kept his hands to himself!