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Thursday, April 17, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Service planned to honor Pullen

SEATTLE — A public memorial service for Metropolitan King County Councilman Kent Pullen, R-Kent, has been scheduled for next Thursday at 11 a.m. at the River of Life Fellowship, 10615 S.E. 216th St., Kent.

Pullen died Monday at the age of 60.

A memorial account to fund public education in natural medicine has been established in his name.

Contributions may be sent to the Foundation for Excellence in Health Care, c/o Columbia Bank, 504 W. Meeker St., Kent 98035-0873.

Police seek public's help to find SeaTac attackers

SEATAC — Detectives are hoping someone will recognize one of three men who attacked and beat into a coma a Seattle Tacoma International Airport worker nearly two weeks ago.

Stephen Wilkie, 27, was listed in serious condition yesterday at Harborview Medical Center and has not regained consciousness.

Wilkie was walking to work along a footpath off International Boulevard April 5 when the three men jumped him.

They ran off without stealing anything. Two of the men may have robbed another man the night before in the same area.

The men were described as black, in their early to mid-20s, and of medium height and build. The man depicted in the sketch was wearing a black jacket.

A second man also wore black, with a red hat. The third man was wearing a white, long-sleeved T-shirt with red writing on the back.

Anyone with information is asked to call the King County Sheriff's Office at 206-296-7530.

No link found to killing in Tacoma, sniper suspects

TACOMA — DNA tests on a shell casing found at the scene of a killing here two years ago found no link to sniper suspects John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, a prosecutor said yesterday.

Investigators sent the casing to an FBI lab hoping to find clues to the killing of Keenya Cook, 21. Before last year's Washington, D.C.-area shooting spree, Muhammad and Malvo spent time in Tacoma and Bellingham.

"My understanding is there was simply no human DNA found, other than the victim's blood," said Jerry Costello, Pierce County's chief criminal deputy prosecutor.

Cook was shot at her aunt's home, and some circumstantial evidence links Muhammad and Malvo to the killing.

A witness has said Muhammad and Malvo stayed with him and had access to the handgun used in the shooting.

Cook's aunt did some accounting for Muhammad's auto-repair business.

When he and his second wife divorced, and he took their three children, Isa Nichols called police to help Mildred Muhammad get them back.

Muhammad, 42, and Malvo, 18, have been linked to 20 shootings last year, including 13 deaths, in Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and the District of Columbia. They face trial in Virginia first.

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