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Janitor Accused of Trying To Electrocute Boss

October 19, 1990

SEATTLE (AP) _ A school janitor on Friday denied he tried to electrocute his boss because of a poor work evaluation.

Richard Dale Langston pleaded innocent to a charge of attempted murder and was returned to jail under $150,000 bond. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Nov. 5.

Langston, 26, of Lynwood, was arrested Oct. 12 after boarding a jet at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with a one-way ticket to Hawaii.

Prosecutors allege that Langston wired a chain link fence at Kellogg Middle School in Seattle in an attempt to electrocute his supervisor, Jeffrey Minnix.

When Minnix touched the fence the morning of Oct. 9, showers of sparks and smoke went off, said Dan Donohoe, a King County prosecutor’s office spokesman.

Minnix was saved from serious injury because he still wore his insulated motorcycle gloves, said Donohoe.

A bare wire had been connected to the fence and plugged into a portable school building, he said.

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