Accused murderer now charged in rape of Kent girl

KENT, Wash. - A Renton man already charged with killing a man and sexually assaulting a girl on her 13th birthday has now been charged with rape.

Since his November arrest in a deadly beating, Austin T. Stein has seen the charges against him pile up. Stein, 26, is now charged with second-degree murder, child molestation and, most recently, rape.

Stein landed in the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center on Nov. 4, the day he’s alleged to have beaten 46-year-old Bill Smith to death.

At 5:30 p.m., King County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 26800 block of 172nd Place Southeast following a report of a shooting there. Investigators later came to believe Stein beat Smith to death; the wound to Smith’s head was so severe, witnesses initially thought he’d been shot.

Smith’s body was discovered behind a trailer on the property. Deputies arrested Stein nearby.

According to charging papers, Stein told a witness he and Smith had been drinking in the trailer when an argument erupted. That witness and another man then found Smith’s body.

Speaking with detectives, Stein allegedly admitted he was drinking with Smith but did not admit to the slaying. An autopsy later showed Smith died of multiple skull fractures.

Arrested and charged three days later in Smith’s death, Stein has remained jailed since.

In March, prosecutors added a child molestation charge to Stein’s tally.

Writing the court in that case, a King County detective contended Stein sexually assaulted a 13-year-old acquaintance weeks before the slaying.

Stein is alleged to have molested the girl after waking her in the night. The detective noted Stein attacked the girl on her birthday, and asked her not to “make this weird” during the sexual assault.

The girl’s father reported the assault the following day. Investigators had interviewed the girl but had not yet contacted Stein when the slaying occurred.

Earlier this month, prosecutors charged Stein in the June rape of a then-15-year-old girl.

In charging papers, prosecutors claim Stein and Michael T. Piggott, 18, followed the girl home from a Kent bus stop, walked into her house and raped her before fleeing with jewelry and rare coins.

The girl told police the men took turns raping her as she told them to stop. She contacted police hours later.

Piggott was questioned by Kent police officers in December and denied the girl’s allegations. Shown a photographic lineup, the girl did not identify Piggot as her attacker.

A Kent detective asserted Piggot could not explain how his phone number ended up written on a poster in the girl’s room. Piggot is said to have matched the physical description the girl gave of one of her assailants.

Prosecutors charged Piggot in April with rape; he has pleaded not guilty and been jailed since.

Investigators now contend Stein’s DNA was recovered from items seized at the site of the alleged rape. Questioned by detectives, Stein declined to make a statement.

Stein has pleaded not guilty to all the charges now filed against him. He remains jailed on $1.6 million bail.