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November 1, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Trial delayed for man accused of killing Skyway boy

Alajawan Brown

The trial of a man accused of gunning down a 12-year-old Skyway boy in April 2010 has been delayed until Jan. 3, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Curtis Walker’s trial for first-degree murder was scheduled to begin today. Walker remains in the King County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $5 million bail.

Walker is accused of killing Alajawan Brown just after the boy got off a bus near his home on April 29, 2010. Alajawan was walking in the parking lot of the Cedar Village Apartments, 6230 S. 129th St., when he was struck by gunfire, court documents state. He ran to a nearby 7-Eleven, where he died.

That day, deputies had been called to the scene of a gunfight at the apartment complex. It initially appeared a stray bullet must have struck the boy.

But court documents allege that the shooter, identified as Walker, targeted Alajawan, mistakenly thinking the boy had been involved in the apartment gunfight. A friend of Walker’s had been shot. Driving by Alajawan, Walker got out of a car, took aim, and shot him in the back, charging documents state.

The man who was shot at the apartments, Jonathan Jackson, survived.

“This was just a tragedy because Alajawan did nothing wrong here,” Sheriff Sue Rahr said in June 2010, shortly after Walker was charged. “This wasn’t an accident, this wasn’t a stray bullet. He [Alajawan] was targeted because of what he looked like and the neighborhood he was in.”

After Alajawan was shot, Walker drove away with his wife and another man, prosecutors said. They went to Renton, where they dumped three guns. DNA found on a gun recovered by police, a .38-caliber revolver that authorities say was used to kill Alajawan, matched Walker’s skin cells, charging papers said.

Walker was originally scheduled to be tried in July of this year, but that trial date was also postponed.

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