The Seattle Police Department may finally have a lead in the murder of a 31-year-old woman last New Year's Eve. A 29-year-old man is being investigated for the murder of Shannon Harps, who was fatally stabbed in front of her Capitol Hill condo building. According to court documents, the man has a long and violent criminal history.

The man (whom The Stranger is not identifying, because he has not been charged) has an extensive rap sheet stretching from Florida to Seattle. He's been convicted on drug charges, harassment, burglary, DUI, obstruction, resisting arrest and assault.

According to state department of corrections (DOC) spokesman Chad Lewis, the man was most recently arrested and being held in prison in Monroe for violating the provisions of his DOC-mandated community supervision—the Washington State equivalent of parole.

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It's unclear how a DOC arrest turned into a homicide investigation—although SPD is still not calling the man a suspect—but SPD is conducting DNA tests to see if the man can be linked to Harps's murder. recommended

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