King County prosecutors have filed murder charges against a 43-year-old homeless man for allegedly killing another man in a transient camp in Georgetown earlier this month.
Prosecutors say on November 4th, Warren Michael Chapman beat 46-year-old Jeffrey Eike to death following a dispute. Police responded to a homeless encampment near Airport Way and Corson Avenue South and found Eike’s body. Residents at the camp told police Chapman—also known as “The Grizz”—had asaulted Eike. Police found Chapman drinking at a nearby gas station and arrested him. Chapman was carrying Eike’s ID food stamp cards, court records say.
When police interviewed Chapman, he admitted to assaulting Eike, but claimed that Eike had assaulted his girlfriend, court documents say. In fact, when police talked to Chapman’s girlfriend, she told officers that Chapman hit her.
Records say Chapman has prior convictions for trespassing, assault, theft, malicious mischief and disorderly conduct.