David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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While I’m not surprised by this news, I’m deeply saddened reading this. It more or less confirms that had Zamora been treated, there is a good chance, this wouldn’t have happened. Now we have another victim, the perpetrator appears to be psychotic. Now, if treated, and he comes back to the real world, he will be haunted forever about what he did. This could have been avoided. There needs to be a more progressive court intervention for potentially dangerous persons with mental illness. I would rather see the money spent supporting this sort of project in the community rather than locking people up in jail or a mental health hospital where the environment is unhealthy and the illness is likely to worsen. Any lawyers out there with a legal concept? I might be interested in working on legislation. MSNBC.com

“I kill for God. I listen to God,” a man accused of a northwest Washington shooting rampage said Friday at a hearing where six charges of first-degree murder and four of first-degree assault were filed against him. Isaac Zamora made the chilling comment twice at the brief hearing in Skagit County District Court while investigators wrapped up their work at eight crime scenes. The 28-year-old is being held on $5 million bail in the wake of Tuesday’s rampage, which left six people dead and four injured. District Court Judge Warren Gilbert read each charge and the penalties, which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. That doesn’t mean the death penalty is off the table, according to the Skagit County prosecutor.”

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