Seattle crime

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With 20 fatal shootings so far, just over half way into the year, Seattle’s murder toll has already topped the number of homicides for all of last year.

The city is stepping up police patrols in crime hot spots they’ve identified and getting officers out of their cars more to increase visibility. 

When a disruptive defendant testifies at his murder trial in Seattle he'll wear an electroshock sleeve that will zap him if he gets out of line.

King County Superior Court Judge Michael Hayden approved use of the device Tuesday at a hearing setting guidelines for testimony Wednesday by Isaiah Kalebu.