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Tag: Homicide


Arrest made in mysterious death of Tacoma man

UPDATE: Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said he will charge the 16-year-old boy with first-degree murder and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm this afternoon. Robbery appeared to be the motive, Sorensen said.

The boy in custody and another 16-year-old boy apparently confronted Watson with a gun and demanded his possessions, Sorensen said. Watson reportedly laughed at them and grabbed for the pistol when he was shot, the deputy prosecutor said.

An arrest warrant is being sought for the other boy.

PREVIOUS POST: Tacoma police have arrested a man in the Nov. 18 shooting death of David Watson.


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UPDATED: No charges today in ‘complicated’ Tacoma homicide

UPDATED at 2:18 p.m.

A 27-year-old man arrested in connection with a mysterious slaying at a downtown Tacoma home was ordered held Friday as Tacoma police continue their investigation.

No charges were filed Friday against the man, who was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder. He was ordered held on $1 million bail at Pierce County Jail. Prosecutors are expected to file charges Monday.

Meanwhile, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office was working to identify the homicide victim and determine his cause of death.

A woman living at the home in the 2300 block of Tacoma Avenue South

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UPDATED: Another arrest made in Lakewood videotaped torture case

Lakewood police have arrested a fifth suspect in connection with the videotaped torture of a man inside an apartment last year. The man’s remains are believed to be those found near Harts Lake earlier this year.

Lakewood police booked the woman into Pierce County Jail on Thursday night on suspicion of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

Pierce County prosecutors have already charged four others – three men and a woman – in the case.

Charging documents allege Randall Stuart Harbin was seeking revenge against the man seen being tormented on a video obtained by law enforcement.

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Suspect in deadly Auburn shooting arrested

Auburn police have arrested a 16-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting another teen Sunday evening during a birthday celebration in the courtyard of an apartment complex.

The suspected gunman was arrested late Monday at a relative’s house, Auburn police reported. The Seattle Times reports here that he was wearing a wig, women’s shoes and a dress at the time.

He’s been booked into the King County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of murder.

The gunman and the victim got into an argument about 5 p.m. Sunday. During the argument, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot at the

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Third person charged in videotaped torture, killing of unidentified victim

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 30-year-old woman in connection with the videotaped torture of a young man who was later killed.

Prosecutors allege Aleeya Dawn Freeman lured the victim, who was known as “Cool Aid” but has yet to be identified, to the Lakewood apartment where he was bound and gagged with duct tape and then tortured with a knife sometime last year.

Freeman pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder. She was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail, according to court documents.

Freeman is the third person to be charged in the

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UPDATED: Sentencing hearings today for two convicted in 2009 deadly robbery at Lakewood Walmart

A Pierce County judge will officially sentence a man to life in prison today after he was convicted of orchestrating the deadly robbery of an armored car guard at the Lakewood Walmart nearly two years ago.

Last month, a jury convicted Odies D. Walker, 43, as an accomplice of aggravated first-degree murder in the June 2, 2009, death of Kurt Husted. He also was convicted of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and solicitation to commit first-degree robbery

A conviction for aggravated first-degree murder yields only two possible sentences – capital punishment or life in prison without

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UPDATED: Answers sought in deaths of Spanaway family

Investigators are waiting for the results of autopsies and forensic tests to hopefully know more about the deaths of three members of a Spanaway family.

Autopsies are scheduled for today on David Stewart, his wife Kristy Sampels and their 5-year-old son Jordan Gregory Stewart.

Investigators suspect the 38-year-old father shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself after a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 5 ended in Tumwater on Tuesday morning. Deputies later found Jordan dead in the couple’s Spanaway house. Jordan’s head had been wrapped in a plastic bag and he was wrapped in a blanket in

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Man to be arraigned today in last week’s slaying at a Lakewood park

UPDATE: Daniels was arraigned this afternoon and was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail.

ORIGINAL POST: An 18-year-old man is expected to be arraigned today on charges he robbed and killed a man last week in Lakewood’s Wards Lake Park.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Ramone Lee Daniels and Bethany Ann Tesfaye with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the March 31 shooting death of Elias Lopez Lopez, 25.

Tesfaye, 19, was arraigned on the charges Tuesday. She was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Daniels was booked into Pierce County Jail

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