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UPDATED: Charges filed against man in death of teen found in trash can

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 9, 2011 at 7:41 am |
September 12, 2011 6:41 am

UPDATE as of 3:35 p.m.

Not guilty pleas were entered on Clark’s behalf during his arraignment this afternoon.

Superior Court Judge Beverly Grant set bail at $2 million.

UPDATE as of 12 p.m.

Photo of Devondre Davis that is posted on a Facebook page to remember him

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Anthony T. Clark with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Clark, 20, is expected to be arraigned at 3 p.m. today, according to the Pierce County Superior Court website.

Prosecutors allege Clark shot  16-year-old Devondre Davis in the back of the head on Wednesday.

Detectives found a blood stain on the floor near a bedroom closet in Clark’s apartment in the 500 block of East 36th Street. They also found a bloody shirt and bloody towel and a shell casing. They located a gun in the toilet tank.

Clark gave conflicting statements about what happened in the apartment and to Davis.

According to court documents, he initially said he didn’t know why he was arrested. He later said he’d shot Davis but it was an accident.  He then told detectives that Davis had arrived at the apartment with rock cocaine and a gun. Clark said Davis was near the bedroom closet because they were looking for Clark’s mother’s jewelry to steal and sell.

Before the police arrived at the apartment, Clark told witnesses that he lured Davis to his house because he believed Davis had “beat up his baby’s momma,” charging documents state.

UPDATED as of 11:05 a.m.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the the 16-year-old boy found slain in a garbage bin on Tacoma’s East Side this week as Devondre D. Davis.

The 20-year-old Tacoma man suspected of fatally shooting Davis in the head is expected to make his first court appearance today. The man was booked early Thursday into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Tacoma police arrested the man Wednesday after he asked some neighbors if he could put a dead body in their trash can in an alley in the 500 block of East 36th Street. The neighbors reported the encounter to officers, who found Davis’ body.

The man provided detectives with several versions of what happened. A motive for the slaying hasn’t been released.

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