Isaiah M.K. Kalebu - August 2008

The suspect in a brutal stabbing death in Seattle's South Park made his first appearance in court, after police arrested him near Magnuson Park in Seattle Friday night.

A judge ordered the suspect, 23-year old Isaiah M.K. Kalebu, held on $10 million bail. Kalebu is being investigated for possible charges of murder, attempted murder, rape and burglary. Defense Attorney Phillip Tavel asked the judge to lower bail but she refused. In the hall, Tavel said "anytime a crime of this seriousness, against strangers, is alleged; the judge has to do everything to ensure that this person doesn't go away."

The prosecutor said there's a possibility they could pursue the death penalty in this case. Scott O'Toole also said "the soon-to-be defendant is somebody who presents a grave risk of danger."

The suspect's arrest was a big relief for the family of victim Teresa Butz. They received the news just hours after a service for the woman in St. Louis. "It meant relief that this man couldn't hurt anyone else" Tim Butz said. He said his sister would have forgiven her attacker and they share similar feelings "my family is forgiving this man, but make no mistake we believe in justice."

Yesterday morning, Seattle Police released surveillance video time stamped March 2008 showing a man standing outside a door with a pit bull on a leash. Police released the video to the media calling the man a 'person of interest' in the case.



A few hours later they released photos of Isaiah M.K. Kalebu, calling him a suspect in the case. Police say he is the man shown in the video released earlier in the day but they have not released any other details about that video and how they tied it to the South Park stabbing case.

Then around 6:30pm police announced they had arrested Kalebu at Magnuson Park.

The arrest comes 5 days after the brutal stabbing attack in South Park neighborhood. 39-year-old Teresa Butz was was killed and her 36-year-old partner was wounded and is now recovering.


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Kalebu is also a suspect in a suspicious house fire early this month in University Place. Kalebu's aunt Rachel Kalebu and and former Husky and NFL quarterback J.J. Jones died in that fire. Kalebu was brought in for questioning but was released because of lack of evidence. Investigators say that could change once the results of lab tests are known.



Isaiah M.K. Kalebu.  (L) June 2009  (R) August 2008