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UPDATED: One arrested after body found in East Side trash bin

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 8, 2011 at 7:31 am with 15 Comments »
September 8, 2011 1:57 pm

UPDATED as of 1:15 p.m.

Tacoma police have arrested one man after the body of a teenager was found Wednesday afternoon in a garbage bin on the East Side.

Investigators booked the 20-year-old Tacoma man into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder shortly after 1:15 a.m. today. He’s not expected to make his first court appearance until Friday.

Residents told officers that a neighbor had asked to use their trash can to throw away a dead body. Witnesses later looked in the bin and found the body.

The witnesses left the area and ran into members of the Tacoma police gang unit, who were on an unrelated call a half-mile to mile away, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. The reason for the delay in reporting the dead body wasn’t immediately known.

Members of the gang unit confirmed the body was in the garbage bin in the 500 block of East 36th Street and determined that the victim had “obvious trauma,” police reported.

Officers spotted the man coming out of the triplex and took him into custody.

The victim has been identified as a 16-year-old boy from Tacoma. However, his name has not yet been released because his family has not been notified, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office reports.

An autopsy conducted today revealed the teen died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Detectives suspect the victim and 20-year-old man know each other. The man provided detectives with several versions of what happened throughout the night, Fulghum said.

Detectives believe the victim was killed inside the man’s home.

“As far as we know, no one else was home at the time,” Fulghum said.

Detectives will be comparing the suspect’s stories to the evidence at the crime scene to determine what happened.

The man was charged in January with residential burglary, malicious mischief and theft.

According to charging documents, he and some friends left school, smoked marijuana and then broke into an apartment of a woman he knew. The suspects stole jewelry, electronics, DVDs and CDs.

The man was released on his own recognizance after his arraignment on the burglary charges. As part of that case, the man was ordered to go to Western State Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

He’s scheduled to have a competency hearing in that case next month.

Leave a comment Comments → 15
  1. gonefishin69690 says:

    Really? He kills someone, and then “Ask” permission to use a neighbors dumpster? Serious?

  2. cherylita says:

    What kind of “recognizance”? “Here ya go little guy, hop on the down the street in your pink bunny suit to Western State. Take this pat on the back for good measure, little murderer”

  3. chillmama says:

    OMGosh what school did this 20 year old suspected murderer attend?!?!?!

  4. Wow… pretty brazenly stupid.

  5. tree_guy says:

    Which bin do bodies go into?

    Trash, recycling or yard waste?

  6. tonnibell says:

    REALLY? What a polite little neighbor kid, he even asks if he can borrow the garbage bin. I’m thinking when he stole jewelry & robbed after smoking marijuana, he had a little more than marijuana…, once again, we, the tax payers will pay to see if this idiot is “competent.” Thats the small issue….he WAS released on his OWN cognizence…..serious?? Are any of us safe???? On his OWN cognizence, wow!

  7. tonnibell says:

    So, again if he was released on his own cognizence, but has to return to Western State Hospital of a competency test?? So, we are assuming he will be competent enough to make his appointment at Western State? Good Lord help us all…………

  8. whatthehell says:

    yeah, he was released on his own recognizance after the buggerly charge..he in custodyies right now

  9. chrisj122 says:

    The article makes it pretty clear that he was released for the burglary incident from last January and the compency evaluation was ordered from that case, this is totally seperate from this murder charge for which he is now in jail for.

    Come on people read the entire article before commenting.

  10. vonniez says:

    WAKE THE HELL UP PARENTS!!! We are losing our children one by one…they have NO HOPE and who can we blame for that??!!

  11. johnnywombat says:

    tree_guy: I’m pretty sure it would be the green bin.

  12. sgadber says:

    this is horrible. simply aweful incident and apparantly could have been avoided by a more equipped justice system. we do not need callous remarks on dead children. I understand that some of you like this forum to say off the wall stuff, but please respect that dead children are not a funny subject to most psychological healthy people.

  13. sgadber says:

    the “forensic evaluation” is a mental health professional attempting to discern wether or not the accused is able to be liable for the crime in a very strict sense. this evaluation, which was apparantly done months ago for this alleged murderer, then gets submitted to court, and the actual decision about being able to stand trial is made by the legal system, based on the clinical evaluation, in a “competency hearing.” this particular defendent was schedule for more than one hearing already, though they all got continued, which allowed him to be out there to, allegedly, kill a kid. because if he was not competent, he be send to western state, locked up, until improved, if he was competent, he be locked up in jail. As it was, he was not locked up at all, apparantly with unchecked, untreated, severe mental health issues.

  14. Alaska47 says:

    It is too early to know the whole story,but this sounds like a story of a druggie/theif stealing from another druggie/theif.This is what these people do to settle their problems.Nobody acts crazier than a scumbag that is irate over becoming a victim.

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