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Category: Homicide

June
6th

Tacoma man gets 26 years for fatal shooting at storage facility

By most accounts, Agyei McDaniel and Patrick Nicholas II were close friends.

Related by marriage, they often hung out together. Some people described them as brothers.

So the folks who knew them were hurt and confused last year when McDaniel, 39, was arrested and charged for shooting Nicholas to death at a Tacoma storage facility.

“Nobody really understands what happened that day,” defense attorney Helen Whitener said Thursday as loved ones of both men gathered in a Pierce County courtroom.

Tears were shed on both sides as  Superior Court Judge Vicki Hogan gave McDaniel the high end of the sentencing

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June
5th

Murder trial under way for woman who ran over friend on Tacoma street

There’s little doubt Denise Larkins used her Chevrolet Tahoe to run over her friend Michelle Johnson on a Tacoma street 18 months ago.

The question for a Pierce County jury is whether Larkins knew what she was doing the evening of Dec. 16, 2011.

Prosecutors contend she did, following Johnson as she walked down the street then accelerating and running her down when she stepped into the intersection of South J and 43rd streets.

Larkins’ defense attorney claims otherwise. The 35-year-old Tukwila woman was so “flooded with terror and confusion” that day she could not form the intent to hurt

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June
3rd

Kent man shot to death last week identified

The 32-year-old Kent man shot and killed Thursday morning has been identified as Sayha Doeum.

He died of a single gunshot wound to the torso, according to the King County Medical Examiner.

Police were called to the 21000 block of 132nd Avenue Southeast about 5 a.m. Thursday and found Doeum lying in his driveway. He died at the scene.

Officers have not arrested the shooter.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Kent Police Department tip line at 253-856-5808.

May
30th

Man fatally shot in Kent driveway this morning

Kent police are investigating an early morning shooting that killed a 32-year-old man in a driveway in the 21000 block of 131st Avenue Southeast.

The shooting occurred about 4:55 a.m.

It was not immediately known what led up to the shooting. Neighbors reported hearing a fight shortly before shots rang out. Police are looking for the shooter.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent Police Department’s tip line at 253-856-5808.

May
21st

Jury convicts man of killing his relative at Tacoma storage facility

A Pierce County jury on Tuesday convicted a man of second-degree murder for shooting a relative to death last year at a Tacoma storage facility.

Agyei J. McDaniel, 39, is to be sentenced June 6.

The jury got the case Monday. Jurors rejected arguments that McDaniel intentionally killed Patrick Nicholas, 40, but convicted him of killing Nicholas during the course of an assault.

The shooting occurred Dec. 4, 2012, at the Public Storage facility in the 1200 block of South Sprague Avenue.

According to charging papers, McDaniel and Nicholas, who were related through marriage, got into an argument at the

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May
21st

UPDATED: Man pleads not guilty to killing fellow pool player with single blow in Lakewood

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a man with second-degree murder for allegedly killing a man with a single punch at a Lakewood bar.

Robert Ancheta, 31, pleaded not guilty to the charge this afternoon. Bail was set at $1 million. His girlfriend, who was arrested on suspicion of helping hide Ancheta from police, is set to be released today pending further investigation.

The assault happened Wednesday at the Last Call bar in the 7300 block of Lakewood Drive.

Witnesses saw Anthony Vasquez, 47, bump into Ancheta while both were playing separate games of pool. The men argued. Police say Ancheta

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May
20th

Tacoma man whose first conviction was overturned pleads guilty to reduced murder charge

A Tacoma man whose previous conviction in a fatal carjacking was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals pleaded guilty Monday a reduced charge.

Santana Ocampo pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Pierce County Superior Court and faces a standard range sentence of 12 years, three months to 20 years, four months in prison, deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said.
Ocampo, 26, is to be sentenced June 21.

He originally was convicted by jury of first-degree murder in 2004 in the Aug. 10, 2003 shooting death of Julio Morales-Castro and sentenced to 30 years.

Prosecutors contended Ocampo, 17 at the

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May
20th

Tacoma brothers plead guilty to killing fellow teenager last year, get prison terms

Three boys were mourned Monday in a Pierce County courtroom.

The majority of the tears were for Hector Hernandez-Valdez, who was 15 when he died a gruesome death at the hands of brothers Luis and Cristobal Arroyo on June 1, 2012 in an apartment on Tacoma’s East Side.

The crime was shocking in its brutality and trivial in its motivations.

Hector Hernandez-Valdez
Credit: Family photo

The Arroyos stabbed their neighbor more than 30 times before cutting his throat and stuffing his body into a recycling bin. They attacked to rob him of a small

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