Heath died after he was stabbed multiple times on McCoy's smoking patio about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 4. A suspect, David M. Henkleman, 34, was chased from the bar and arrested by police. Henkleman was being held Tuesday at the Thurston County Jail with bail set at $1 million. He is charged with a count of second-degree murder.
Olympia police have said that they have been unable to determine a motive for Heath's homicide, and a prosecutor called the homicide "a senseless act of violence," during a court hearing last week. Henkleman, who listed no fixed address at the time of his arrest, "has suffered from mental health problems since he was a teenager." Henkleman' sister has said her brother might have recently become involved with individuals who were using methamphetamine.
Heath was an expert skateboarder, and was sponsored in his skateboarding career by Northwest Snowboards. He had many friends, and loved to travel. He worked at Falls Terrace Restaurant and at Olympia Glass.
A McCoy's employee said people had to be turned away from the door of Saturday night's benefit, due to capacity issues. But many people who could not get into the concert left donations at the door anyway, he said. The McCoy's employee added that there was enough food at the potluck to feed the entire audience.
A celebration of Heath's life will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16, at The Olympia Ballroom with a reception following. Potluck dishes are welcomed.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 email@example.com