King County prosecutors contend 22-year-old Ahmed N. Zefru killed Medina Nagato on Aug. 26 at her SeaTac apartment during an attack that saw Nagato stabbed 35 times. According to charging papers, Zefru, who was at the apartment when police arrived, identified himself by his brother's name.
King County sheriff's deputies arrived at the Skyview Apartments on South 188th Street to find Nagato, 24, dead and Zefru covered in her blood.
Speaking with deputies, Zefru claimed two masked, knife-wielding men forced their way into the apartment and attempted to rob his sister as he listened from a neighboring room, a King County detective told the court. Zefru allegedly went on to claim he heard his sister being harassed and stabbed to death before her assailants barged into his bedroom.
According to charging papers, Zefru told investigators one of the men slashed his throat. He went on to claim he lay in bed for three hours before calling 911. Rushed to Harborview Medical Center, Zefru was found to have only superficial wounds.
While Zefru was being treated at the Seattle hospital, investigators learned he had misidentified himself while speaking with deputies. Confronted, Zefru allegedly admitted to using his brother's name, claiming he did so because he was on probation.
Detectives examining the apartment found blood throughout, and three knives that appeared to have been used in the attack. A broken, bloodied jump rope was found outside the home.
Interviewed at the hospital, Zefru admitted to killing his sister before offering outlandish claims that Nagato and another woman were conspiring to have him killed, the detective told the court.
"Ahmed believed his sister and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a plot to kill him and that there was a 'hit' on him," the detective told the court. "Ahmed also said he had been plotting the death of Medina for some time."
Zefru is alleged to have said he attacked his sister as she slept, then chased her down when she attempted to flee. An autopsy revealed Nagato had been stabbed 35 times.
Following the attack, Zefru attempted to hang himself with a jump rope from the apartment balcony, the detective continued. The rope apparently snapped
Charged late last week, Zefru remains jailed on $2 million bail.