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January 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Man accused of killing Skyway boy testifies

Defendant Curtis Walker takes the stand in his own defense. He is on trial for first degree murder of 12-year-old Alajawan Brown. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Curtis Walker, the man accused of killing 12-year-old Alajawan Brown in April 2010, took the stand this morning  in his first-degree murder trial in King County Superior Court.

Brown was shot once in the back and died in the parking lot of a Skyway 7-Eleven. He had just gotten off a bus and was walking home.

Prosecutors say Walker shot Brown after Walker participated in a shootout at the Cedar Village Apartments, a block away from the 7-Eleven. Walker allegedly believed Brown was a member of a rival gang, prosecutors said.

“The defendant shot him, mistaking him for someone else,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Berliner said during opening statements earlier this month. “Alajawan Brown was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Alajawan Brown

But the defense claims homicide detectives “flubbed” the investigation, wrongly accusing Walker of the fatal shooting while the real shooter remains free.  Despite claims by prosecutors that the murder weapon has been linked to Walker through DNA, the defense insists Rodrigues Rabun, who accompanied Walker to the Cedar Village Apartments, fired the fatal shot.

Walker testified this morning that he wasn’t even aware Brown had been shot until police caught up with him.

Walker’s wife, Shaleese Walker, has also testified in her husband’s defense.

We’ll post a story on Curtis Walker’s testimony later today.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: homicide, King County Prosecutor's Office, King County Superior Court

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