By Lynsi Burton, SeattlePI
A 26-year-old man is charged with murder after police found a sword through his brother’s head in a Fremont-area home Sunday night.
King County prosecutors say the defendant, Buckey Z. Wolfe, exhibited signs of “severe mental illness” and even called 911 himself to report his brother’s death.
“I thought he was a lizard,” Wolfe reportedly told the 911 call taker. “I stabbed him in the head.”
Police found James Wolfe in the mother-in-law residence where Buckey Wolfe lived, behind their father’s home in the 4100 block of Phinney Avenue North.
Buckey Wolfe called 911 about 6:40 p.m., claiming he had just killed his brother, according to the incident report. He rambled to the 911 call taker, making comments such as “Kill me, kill me, I can’t live in this reality,” and “God told me he was a lizard.”
He managed to provide authorities with his brother’s location, where cops found James Wolfe “obviously deceased” with a “four-foot long sharpened metal-bladed sword-like instrument” hammered completely through his head, court documents indicated.
Police found Buckey Wolfe at Northwest 50th Street and Baker Avenue Northwest, which also intersects with Northwest Market Street in Ballard. Even after he was arrested and taken to Seattle Police Department headquarters, he allegedly told detectives their eyes and mouths were changing.
Investigators said they reviewed surveillance footage at Buckey Wolfe’s home and saw the brothers leaving the home the morning of James Wolfe’s death. They returned about 4 1/2 hours later and did not appear to have a problem between them, police wrote.
In the video, their father knocked on the door to the apartment and handed someone something – he later claimed he took Buckey Wolfe some food and did not see James Wolfe.
Buckey Wolfe is then seen running out of the apartment about an hour later at 5:17 p.m. No one else entered or left the apartment until police arrived.
Court documents detailed social media posts he issued in the days before his brother’s slaying, including references to reptiles.
“I hate myself more than you know,” one post read, which prosecutors date Jan. 3. “I’m going to spend eternity in the worst part of hell. … Get all the reptiles so this never happens again to ANYONE!!!!!!!!!”
He allegedly wrote on Dec. 31: “What ever you do DON’T JOIN THEM it leads to death of the most meaningless kind, they are reptilians our ancestors called them demons they have worm-life parasites that grows in them that they can transfer your consciousness into.”
Prosecutors charged Buckey Wolfe with second-degree murder Tuesday and a judge ordered he remain jailed without bail.