The 87-year-old man charged with shooting an employee of the Stanwood living facility where he lived, has died.
According to the Herald, Arthur Hames was moved from the Snohomish County Jail to a local hospital on February 15. The Medical Examiner's Office was notified Tuesday that Hames died. Officials indicated Hames' death is being attributed to natural causes.
Hames claimed he shot the director of Josephine Sunset Home because he felt bullied. He admitted plans to kill 57-year-old Roger Holbrook, and then turn the gun on himself when he appeared in court on February 5.
Prosecutors dismissed the assault charge against Hames after it became apparent that he wasn't expected to recover from his health problems, according to the Herald. He was not under police custody when he died, the Snoomish County Sheriff's Office said.