Man in double hatchet killings acquitted, deemed insane

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SEATTLE - A man who killed two people with a hatchet in two Seattle neighborhoods two years ago was acquitted.

 

A judge ruled that Michael LaRosa was insane when he attacked and killed Joseph Lamagno with a hatchet in front of children on a Capitol Hill street on Nov. 22, 2010.

 

LaRosa was later accused of killing Dale Richard Holme in Seattle's International District a day earlier.

 

Holme was found unconscious against a wall at Fifth Avenue South and South Weller Street, bleeding profusely from head injuries. Holmes never regained consciousness and died at Harborview Hospital, police said.

 

Instead of prison, LaRosa will be confined to Western State Hospital.

 

He was hospitalized several times before the slayings for mental health issues.