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Former Duke doctor held in Seattle double homicide

Posted August 15, 2011

— A judge in Seattle found probable cause Monday to hold a former Duke University doctor in the investigation of the stabbing deaths last week of a man and a child.

Authorities have until Tuesday to decide whether to charge Louis Chao Chen, 39, in the case, according to court records.

Chen completed a three-year residency at Duke University in the spring and had moved to Seattle about a month ago with his longtime partner, Eric Cooper, 29, and their adopted son, who was nearly 3, The Seattle Times reported.

According to a court document, a co-worker went to Chen's high-rise apartment last Thursday morning when he failed to show up for work. The woman called 911 when Chen answered the door nude and covered in blood.

When officers arrived, they found him slumped in the doorway and found Cooper dead inside the apartment and the child dead in a bathroom, according to the court document.

An officer administering first aid to Chen asked, "Who stabbed you and your partner?" Chen replied, "I did," court records state.

Prosecutors asked that Chen not be released during the aggravated murder investigation, noting that he has few ties to the Seattle area, has relatives overseas and is a risk to flee.

Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, said Chen would be booked when he is released from a local hospital.

Former Duke doctor held in Seattle double homicide

Chen was named a fellow of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition at Duke's medical school last year and, according to publications, had recently obtained a grant to study diabetes patients with gastric problems.

Duke officials have declined to comment.

State Department of Health records in Washington showed that he obtained a license to practice medicine there in January.

Chen and Cooper also lived together in Chicago, where Chen graduated from the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine in 2000, according to information published by the North Carolina Medical Board.

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  • FromClayton Aug 17, 2011

    "We don't know who stabbed the baby, do you?"
    fayncmike-

    Well, Chen seems to know who stabbed the baby...did you miss that part?

    "An officer administering first aid to Chen asked, "Who stabbed you and your partner?" Chen replied, "I did," court records state."

  • lo5tinthewoods Aug 16, 2011

    Domestic violence occurs at about the same rate in same sex partnerships as they do in heterosexual partnerships.
    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/06/lgbt_domestic_violence.html

    Their orientation had nothing to do with the fact that there was violence. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, and NO ONE deserves to be abused. Gay or straight doesn't make abuse and murder any less tragic.

  • fayncmike Aug 16, 2011

    "he stabbed his baby? I gotta stop reading the news. it disturbes me. i think i might just switch to be ignorate to things like this. I think i might be happier that way.
    ambergail1"
    We don't know who stabbed the baby, do you?

  • FromClayton Aug 16, 2011

    he stabbed his baby? I gotta stop reading the news. it disturbes me. i think i might just switch to be ignorate to things like this. I think i might be happier that way.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 16, 2011

    "I'd love to see a little of that, so called, Christian spirit directed toward people in situations like Dr. Chen's."

    Christians aren't supposed to hate the person. But they CAN and DO hate their actions. Christ loves the person, NOT their actions. Every Baptist church I've EVER been affiliated with will allow a gay or lesbian to attend worship services. BUT, they cannot become members of the church as long as they openly engage in sin. Its not just picking on Gays or Lesbians. If you are an OPEN alcoholic, you also will NOT be accepted for membership. ANY open sin will keep you from being a member. Now, do Christians sin? Sure they do. They are human. But they should at least be trying to change.

  • fayncmike Aug 16, 2011

    I cannot understand why people here are so judgmental. I don't know all the facts of the case. The police don't know all the facts of the case and, for sure, the rest of the readers here don't know all the facts of the case yet you're all too eager to accuse Dr. Chen of all sorts of horrific acts and malign both men because of their sexual orientation. I bet if I thought about it, I could think of about six or seven different sets of conditions that could have led up to this unfortunate situation. I'd love to see a little of that, so called, Christian spirit directed toward people in situations like Dr. Chen's.

  • hellorhighwaters Aug 15, 2011

    I think it is just awful that the little innocent baby had to die. He never hurt no one. How could he; he's only 2. Not even 3 yet.

    But (I think) maybe the victim might have caught Chen doing something inappropriate with the baby while giving him a bath; and then went off on Chen. And maybe a fight happened after that. So now Chen was slumped in the doorway because he realized what an awful thing he had just done; with the baby and his partner. I don't think any of this was planned out. I mean, Chen had a good practice, new job, new apartment, new town, a new start. Why mess it up?

    Just a theory. Maybe.

  • Bartmeister Aug 15, 2011

    So the dead guy used to live at that apartment but had moved out earlier this year. Doesn't sound like there was a lot of love and harmony going round in the Chen household. These partners had more issues than there are Chens in Chinatown.

  • ebeamer7472 Aug 15, 2011

    Perhaps it might be enlightening to wait and hear the full story from the doctor before leaping to conclusions. And, for the record, sexual orientation in couples is not a factor in child development or well being. It is the love and caring displayed by the parents towards the child.

  • John Q Public Aug 15, 2011

    wow! tragic.

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