Arcan Cetin, who
was being held on five counts of aggravated murder, was found
hanging in his cell at the Snohomish County jail on Sunday
night, according to Rosemary Kaholokula, a prosecutor with the
Skagit County prosecutorís office.
He had been evaluated by doctors at Western State psychiatric
hospital and the results of the mental competency exam were
expected at a hearing next week, she said.
Cetin, 20, a Turkish-born legal U.S. resident, confessed to
police investigators that he had brought a .22-caliber rifle
into a department store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington,
Washington, on Sept. 23, 2016, and shot five people.
Law enforcement officials said after the shooting that they had
found no evidence linking Cetin to any known Islamist militant
groups or individuals.
Cetin had been facing the death penalty, although Washington's
governor announced a moratorium on executions in the state in
(Reporting by Tom James; Editing by Patrick Enright and Bill
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