Second suspect charged with murder in UK soldier’s slaying

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Lee Rigby was returning to his barracks in Woolwich after working a day at the Tower of London when he was attacked (Photo: UK Ministry of Defense).

(CNN) — A second suspect in the grisly killing of British soldier Lee Rigby was charged Saturday with murder, London’s Metropolitan Police said.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, also was charged with attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm, police said.

Police said Rigby was run over by a car and then hacked to death in a daylight attack a couple of hundred yards away from the Royal Artillery Barracks in the southeast London district of Woolwich on May 22.

Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, 22, were hospitalized after the attack. Adebolajo was released from the hospital into police custody on Friday. Adebowale was charged with murder after he was released from the hospital Tuesday.

Adebolajo is scheduled to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, police said.

The killing has sparked an intense investigation by police. They announced two other arrests in the case Friday, of men seized on suspicion of supplying illegal firearms. Authorities also moved a man arrested on the suspicion of killing Rigby from a hospital to a police station.

The charges against Adebolajo follow news of an inquest into Rigby’s death. The inquest opened Friday at Southwark Coroner’s Court and was quickly adjourned.

Detective Chief Inspector Grant Mallon, the senior investigating officer into the death, detailed the circumstances of Rigby’s killing:

After working a day at the Tower of London, Rigby was returning to his barracks in Woolwich when a vehicle swerved and struck him. Two men came out of the vehicle and attacked him with cleavers causing him “extensive and serious injuries.” The two men moved his “apparently lifeless body” and remained on the scene until police arrived, when “both were incapacitated and detained.”

In all, 12 people have been arrested, including Adebolajo and Adebowale, in connection with the killing.

• Two men, ages 42 and 46, have been taken to a south London police station. One was arrested Friday in north London and the other in east London on suspicion of supplying illegal firearms.

• Six others have been freed on bail, the most recent a 50-year-old man arrested Monday night on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

• Two were released without charges.

Separately, a man who was arrested after he spoke in an interview about Adebolajo on BBC’s “Newsnight” has been charged with two counts of dissemination of terrorist publications and one count of encouragement of terrorism. He is Ibrahim Abdullah-Hassan, also known as Abu Nusaybah. The charges are not connected to the Rigby murder investigation, police said.

CNN contributed to this report.