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UPDATED: Third suspect in Salishan shooting arrested

Post by Brian Everstine on April 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm with No Comments »
April 28, 2009 3:26 pm

The third suspect in the deadly Salishan housing development shooting turned himself in Tuesday afternoon.

Tacoma Police say Kacy J. Estes, 19, contacted an attorney this week, who told police Estes wanted to turn himself in. Just as planned, Estes walked into the department’s headquarters at about 1 p.m. Tuesday. He didn’t want to say anything, and was booked on multiple charges, including first- and second-degree murder. He also had outstanding warrants for traffic infractions, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Two other suspects – Michelle D. Deda, 24, and Alejandro F. Lloret, 25 – have been arrested and pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors allege Estes shot Crystal Rhoads and her boyfriend March 31 after an argument at an apartment at East 46th and East R streets. Two children sleeping in another room weren’t hurt.

Court records state Estes was angry that Rhoads’ boyfriend had “disrespected” him while the group was doing drugs at the apartment. After leaving the apartment, Lloret suggested the group go back and rob the man, according to the records, and Deda drove them back to Salishan.

Estes shot Rhoads six times and the boyfriend three times, according to the records. Rhoads died from her wounds.

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