SEATTLE -- The man arrested in connection with a double homicide in the Central District earlier this month has been cleared of the crime, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Matalepuna Malu, 26, turned himself in after police named him as a suspect, saying he wanted to clear his name.
Homicide Detective Cloyd Steiger confirms Malu is no longer a suspect after his alibi checked out. Steiger says Malu is seen on video walking into a casino at 192nd Avenue S and Pacific Highway South around the time of the double homicide in the Central District.
The victims, Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, and Ahmed Said, 27, were fatally shot at close range.
Seattle police are looking into the possibility the motive may have been a hate crime.
Jail records confirm Malu was released into federal custody, where he is wanted on a federal probation weapons violation.
Police are now looking for another suspect Ali Muhammed Brown (pictured below) and have asked the public’s help in locating him. Brown is a transient known to frequent south King County.