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Man convicted in Seattle Jewish center attack

Naveed Haq was found guilty of all eight counts against him. He will spend the rest of his life in prison. Naveed Haq was found guilty of all eight counts against him. He will spend the rest of his life in prison. (The Seattle Times via Ap)
Associated Press / December 16, 2009

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SEATTLE - A jury yesterday declared Naveed Haq guilty of murder in his second trial for the 2006 shooting spree at a Seattle Jewish center.

Haq was found guilty of all eight counts against him. The 34-year-old Pasco man will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Haq showed no reaction as the verdict was read, but victims in the courtroom hugged and clasped hands.

“I just need to get my breath,’’ said one of them, Cheryl Stumbo.

Haq’s first trial ended last year with jurors deadlocked on whether he was legally insane during the shooting spree on July 28, 2006, that left one woman dead and five others injured.

The eight counts against him included one count of aggravated first-degree murder; five counts of attempted first-degree murder; one count of unlawful imprisonment; and one count of malicious harassment, the state’s hate-crime law.

Jurors yesterday rejected Haq’s defense that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. His lawyers acknowledged that he committed the shooting but said his mental illness kept him from understanding what he was doing. They also conceded he poses a danger to the public and should never be free, but asked jurors to send him to a state mental hospital rather than prison. They declined comment after the verdict.