A tangled, deadly web emerges after teen's shooting
The brother of a Washington state man killed by San Francisco police earlier this month has been arrested for investigation of homicide in the death of a 51-year-old man found in his Southeast Seattle home Saturday. It started with the July 13 shooting of Tanaya Gilbert, 19, in South Seattle.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The brother of a Washington state man killed in a shootout with San Francisco police earlier this month has been arrested for investigation of homicide in the death of a 51-year-old man found in his Southeast Seattle home Saturday.
Ondrell Harding, 21, is the brother of Kenneth Harding, 19, who died during an exchange of gunfire with San Francisco police while being sought as the "person of interest" in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tanaya Gilbert on July 13 in South Seattle.
Ondrell Harding, also known as "baby D," was taken into custody Tuesday night south of Seattle and booked into the King County Jail in connection with the death of Anthony Leroy Matthews.
An autopsy has been performed on Matthews by the King County Medical Examiner's Office, but the manner and cause of death are pending.
Seattle police responded to a "suspicious circumstances" call about 3 a.m. Saturday at an apartment in the 5100 block of South Garden Street, where Harding has been living. Matthews had suffered "severe head trauma" after being struck by someone who fled the home, police said.
According to probable-cause documents filed Wednesday, Matthews told Harding to move out of the apartment because he was dealing drugs.
Matthews' wife told police that she saw Harding put her husband in a choke hold, then saw a chair thrown from a hallway where Harding was out of sight, the documents say. She said the chair hit her husband, who fell backward and struck his head on the floor, followed by Harding pummeling her unconscious husband.
Matthews' 11-year-old son told police he saw Harding hit his father with a chair and then attack him, according to the documents.
Adante Pointer, an Oakland, Calif., attorney working with Harding's family, said Ondrell Harding was taken into custody after agreeing to be interviewed by Seattle police, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.
A judge on Wednesday ordered Ondrell Harding held in lieu of $500,000 bail. The deadline to file formal charges is Friday.
Ondrell Harding pleaded guilty in 2009 to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon after brandishing a knife at a Seattle store clerk who had refused to sell him beer in June 2008, according to court records. He was sentenced to three months in jail, but a bench warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to report.
Kenneth Harding, who had lived in the Seattle area, was shot in the Bayview area of San Francisco after fleeing and shooting at officers who had tried to cite him for transit-fare evasion, San Francisco police said.
Harding, a Washington state parolee, was initially believed to have been fatally shot by San Francisco police during the July 16 confrontation. But police there later said they believe Harding died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The bullet that killed Harding did not match the caliber used by police, San Francisco police said.
Police were unable to find a firearm at the scene, but video taken by a bystander showed that a man in a striped, hooded sweatshirt removed a silver gun from alongside where Harding lay face down, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Investigators have not determined whether Harding shot himself on purpose or by accident, police said.
Gilbert, a community-college student, was shot twice as she sat in a parked car with three friends, including two cousins and a 16-year-old girl, in the 9600 block of 54th Avenue South.
The 16-year-old also was shot, as were a 21-year-old man in another parked car and a 17-year-old boy sitting on the hood of a nearby car. Gilbert's cousins escaped unharmed, according to Gilbert's aunt, Rose Bankston.
Kenneth Harding was released from the Clallam Bay Corrections Center in April after serving one year on a felony conviction of attempted promoting of commercial sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl in Seattle.
Seattle police have not said whether they have linked Harding to Gilbert's slaying.
Seattle Times new researchers Miyoko Wolf and David Turim contributed to this story, which includes information from Times archives and The Associated Press.
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