- Judge Warned in 2007 That Suspect Arrested Last Week in Wash. Courthouse Attack Could Be ‘A Threat’
Judge Warned in 2007 That Suspect Arrested Last Week in Wash. Courthouse Attack Could Be ‘A Threat’
Posted Mar 13, 2012 12:48 PM CST
By Martha Neil
A Washington state judge warned in a 2007 letter that a man arrested last week in an attack on another judge and a sheriff's deputy "could become a threat."
Grays Harbor County District Court Stephen Brown wrote that Steven Daniel Kravetz, who was then a defendant in a domestic-violence assault case in which the claimed victim was his own mother, had written a letter that concerned the judge, reports the Seattle Times.
"Although there is no directly threatening language in the letter, the court is concerned that Mr. Kravetz could become a threat to counsel and the court," Brown wrote in the July 2007 missive to the prosecutor and the defendant's lawyer in the domestic-violence case, Robert Ehrhardt.
Last week, authorities say, Kravetz stabbed and shot a sheriff's deputy who responded to a complaint of a suspicious person at the county courthouse and stabbed a judge who came to her aid.
Kravetz, 34, is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail on two counts of first-degree assault.
A previous ABAJournal.com post details what allegedly occurred: