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Friends Condemn Insanity Claim By Defendant In Seattle Woman’s Death

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Defense attorney suggests alleged killer may not be competent to stand trial

Family and friends of slain 24-year-old Biftu Dadi packed a Seattle courtroom Wednesday to catch a glimpse as the man accused of killing her pleaded not guilty.

Biftu Dadi, Before Her Death

Attila Richards is alleged to have fatally stabbed Dadi on March 9 in the back of an SUV parked in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. King County prosecutors say he then drove around as she bled to death before arriving at a state mental hospital, where he tried to check himself in.

Urgi Dadi, center, sister to the deceased Biftu Dadi, and other supporters of the slain Seattle woman at the King County ...

More than 100 people packed the downtown courtroom as Richards, 29, entered his plea. It was a large crowd for a small man; skinny and standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall, Richards wore chains and the red scrubs that are standard issue at King County jail.

Urgi Dadi, center right, sister to the deceased Biftu Dadi, embraces her mother after speaking to media following an arraignment of Attila Richards, the man accused of killing her sister

Addressing King County Superior Court Judge Bill Bowman, Richards’ attorney Evan Oshan was quick to raise questions as to his client’s sanity. Speaking after the hearing, Mergia Sonessa called that claim “absurd.”

Attilla Richards, the man accused of killing Biftu Dadi on March 9, appears for his arraignment at the King County Courthouse in Seattle. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Attila Richards repeatedly stabbed Dadi, 24, and then drove her body to a state mental hospital. Richards pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charge filed against him.