Seattle, WA – A judge ordered the state to pay $250 a day to a man jailed for brutal attacks on two women.
Alexander Jay attacked Kim Hayes and twice threw her down a concrete staircase in March in an altercation captured by security cameras at the King Street light rail station, KING reported.
Jay was also charged with attacking a woman at a bus stop and stabbing her 10 times the same day as the attack at King Street.
He was arrested and charged, but then he was found incompetent to stand trial in April, KING reported.
A judge ordered Jay to undergo 90 days of inpatient treatment but defense attorneys said it never happened.
When King County Superior Court Judge Johanna Bender found out 100 days after she issued the order that Jay had not yet begun treatment, she was furious, KING reported.
Bender found the Seattle Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in contempt of court for failing to admit Jay to treatment.
She said the state and DSHS had violated his Constitutional rights by holding him in jail instead of getting him treatment to restore his competence to stand trial, KING reported.
“The only reason it has stalled this long is that the government has not provided him a bed to get well in,” the judge said. “That’s barbaric. That is not the behavior of a civilized society, and I find it extraordinarily offensive and heartbreaking.”
Jay’s victim, Hayes, testified at the hearing and implored the judge not to release her attacker, KING reported.
“He will harm someone,” she told the judge. “I am absolutely 100 percent sure of it. If he gets back out he will, he will repeat offend and I have absolute 100 percent assurance – I know that that will happen.”
Bender ordered that Jay remain in custody due to severity of the charges against him, KING reported.
And she ordered the state to pay Jay $250 per day that he remains without mental health treatment.
“Your honor it’s not like we’re twiddling our thumbs over here,” Washington Assistant Attorney General Nathaniel McKean, who represented DSHS, told the judge.
McKean told Bender he thought her sanctions were “counterproductive” to solving the problem and pointed to technical problems with virtual jail visitations, KING reported.
He said DSHS would move quickly to remedy the situation.