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Seattle murder suspect injures self again

Isaiah Kalebu is pushed by police officers to a room to watch the proceedings of his trial via closed-circuit television at King County Superior Court June 6 in Seattle. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Ellen M. Banner)

SEATTLE (AP) — The murder trial of Isaiah Kalebu resumed Wednesday afternoon after he was treated at a hospital for a medical situation that developed Monday morning while he was alone in his cell at the jail, the King County Prosecutor's Office says.

This is the second time in two weeks he was taken to a hospital. Trial was interrupted on June 15 when he swallowed a small pencil.

Kalebu is charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, rape and burglary in a July 2009 stabbing attack on two women at their Seattle home, in the South Park neighborhood. Teresa Butz died of her wounds; her partner survived and has testified that Kalebu is her attacker.

If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.

Past coverage:

June 9: Survivor of Seattle attack testifies

June 7: Man barred from own trial in rape case


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