VAN NUYS (CBS) — An employee at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center was charged Wednesday with voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of a transient outside the facility.

Solomon Lee Washington, a 58-year-old janitor/orderly, pleaded not guilty to the felony charge Wednesday afternoon in Van Nuys Superior Court.

The charge stems from the stabbing death of Michael Joseph Vizkelety about 3 a.m. Monday on the hospital grounds in the 5600 block of De Soto Avenue.

Authorities said Washington went inside the hospital to summon security after an altercation with the 48-year-old transient. He went back outside before security officers arrived and was confronted by Vizkelety, who was stabbed with a small folding knife during a scuffle between the two, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Washington said Vizkelety struck him.

Security officers took Vizkelety to the hospital’s emergency room after discovering that he was bleeding, and he died shortly afterward.

Washington was arrested at 3:05 a.m. Monday.

If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

 Related Link: Kaiser Employee Fatally Stabs Transient After Telling Him To Leave Hospital

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Comments (9)
  1. Average Gal says:

    Good that’s what the worker gets. Justice for transients!

    Its not okay to take the law into your own hands, this is what the cops are for!

  2. A DAMN SHAME 2 says:

    cant wait for the toxicology report on that transient

    1. Average Gal says:

      Toxicology reports have nothing to do with the fact that the worker intentionally committed this heinous crime against a man for an unjustifiable reason, when he brutally stabbed him to death.

      Great job DAs!

  3. friend says:

    Average gal,

    I guess you have never meet a person high on PCP, meth, or heroin. Know all the facts before opening your mouth…

  4. J says:

    I think you should all get the story straight before making judgements. The reports have all said that the transient went after the worker. You gonna sit there and say that if someone went after you, you wouldnt respond.. thats BS and you know it.. Maybe out of instinct his knife was the first thing he grabbed.. So be it, one less person we have to worry about being on the streets of LA

  5. Yami says:

    …it sounds like ZIMMERMAN again! He went back out (didnt stay inside), after notifying ‘security’ personel.

    1. jack says:

      YAMI…very good and that will be the deciding factor in the court case along with toxicology.

  6. mind ur own says:

    then if the cops was called …they would beat the transient to death and later found him mentally disable.

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