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Tacoma man pleads not guilty in Salishan killing

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on April 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
April 29, 2009 3:05 pm

A 19-year-old man pleaded not guilty today to a shooting in Tacoma’s Salishan housing area that left a woman dead and her boyfriend badly wounded.


Kacy J. Estes, 19, is charged with one count each of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and unlawfully possessing a firearm in the March 31 incident. Prosecutors also have charged him with second-degree murder in the death of Crystal Rhoads to give themselves options during plea bargaining and at trial.


Pierce County Superior Court Judge Brian Tollefson ordered Estes jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.


Prosecutors allege Estes (seen here) shot Rhoads, 29, and her boyfriend after an argument at an apartment at East 46th and 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.


Estes shot Rhoads six times and the boyfriend three times, prosecutors allege. Rhoads died from her wounds.

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