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Bail set at $1 million for Auburn man accused of fatally shooting middle school coach

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
May 3, 2011 4:57 pm

A King County judge today set bail at $1 million for an 18-year-old Auburn man accused of fatally shooting a middle school coach Sunday.

Prosecutors have until Wednesday to file charges of second-degree murder and first-degree assault against Olenthis Woods, who remains jailed.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as Shennon Shelton, who worked as a football and basketball coach at Cascade Middle School.

Police said Shelton and his 23-year-old brother approached Woods’ apartment in the 3700 block of C Court Southeast after trying to break up a brawl between two feuding families.

Woods told detectives that when he saw the brothers walking to his front door, he went inside to get a handgun.

When he emerged, Woods saw his front door had been kicked in and noticed his mother standing outside near Shelton’s brother, according to court documents.

When the brother took a half step toward him, Woods allegedly shot him in the chest, the bullet barely missing his heart. The brother survived and is recovering at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

As Woods stepped through the front door, police said Shelton tried to grab him from the side and was shot in the side of the neck.

Woods told police “he would have shot more Samoans but his gun malfunctioned,” according to a probable cause report.

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