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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - Page updated at 04:17 PM

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Murder charge filed in New Year's Eve killing in Seattle

A man with a long police record, including a shooting a bus stop, has been charged with the fatal stabbing of a woman in Seattle on New Year's eve.

King County prosecutors filed the first-degree murder Tuesday against 48-year-old James Anthony Williams.

If he is convicted of slaying 31-year-old Shannon Harps, a Sierra Club organizer, Williams could be sent to prison for 25 to 33 years.

Police say Williams lived about 10 blocks from Harps, who was attacked outside her Capitol Hill condominium. Detectives wrote that the two apparently did not know each other and described the killing as random.

According to documents filed in court, Williams admitted the killing. Investigators also wrote that he shouted, "die, die die" during the attack.

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