King County prosecutors contend Donnell D. Jackson fatally stabbed Shoreline Community College professor Troy Wolff during a random attack Friday. Jackson, 44, is also alleged to have attempted to kill Wolff's girlfriend, who was seriously injured in the attack.
Now charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, Jackson is described by prosecutors as "an extreme danger to the community." He remains jailed.
Describing the 10:30 p.m. Friday attack, police contend Jackson accosted the couple as they walked in the 300 block of South Jackson Street.
As Wolff and his girlfriend headed to the Pioneer Square light rail station, Jackson stabbed Wolff's girlfriend in the chest twice without warning, Detective Cloyd Steiger told the court. Wolff attempted to fight off Jackson, who is alleged to have stabbed him repeatedly before police arrived to find Jackson standing over the downed man.
Witnesses later told police they heard Jackson repeating the phrase "blood money." One said Jackson threatened to kill the pair early in the attack.
Questioned following the attack, Jackson offered the nonsensical claim that Wolff, his girlfriend and others were stalking him and trying to kill him, according to charging papers. Jackson is alleged to have claimed Wolff pointed a gun at him an hour before.
Writing the court, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Don Raz said Jackson described himself as schizophrenic and admitted he has been off his medication for four months. He moved to Seattle six months ago and has been living on the streets since.
Wolff and his girlfriend were rushed to Harborview Medical Center following the attack. Wolff died later that night; the woman is expected to survive.
Formerly chair of the Shoreline English department, Wolff spent 17 years teaching at the community college.
In a statement, school president Daryl Campbell described the loss as "devastating." Wolff's family recalled him as a fun-loving man who made an impact on those around him.
"He touched a lot of lives and I think a lot of kids' lives were changed because of him, and I really believe that," his mother Pam Wolff told KOMO/4.
Jackson is jailed on $2 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 30 at the King County Courthouse in Seattle.