Widow of Murdered Central District Sandwich Shop Owner Sues State


The widow of a murdered Seattle restaurant owner has sued the Department of Corrections, alleging the state failed to supervise her husband’s killer. That man, Rey Alberto Davis-Bell, was sentenced to 123 years in prison for killing Degene “Saffie” Dashasa and for attempting to kill three other people. Among those caught in Davis-Bell’s sights during the Jan. 30, 2008 shooting spree was Yoseb Lee, a contractor shot in the chest at the Central District cheesesteak stand owned by Dashasa.

Convicted of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder, Davis-Bell was convicted on all counts he faced in a string of shootings ending in the slaying of Dashasa and the life-threatening injuries to Lee.

Now, Dashasa’s widow has filed a lawsuit alleging the Department of Corrections failed to watch Davis-Bell in the 13 months between his release from prison and the January 2008 shooting.