UPDATE AT 3:42 P.M. Sept. 25: Matthews-Smith turned himself in Monday night and was booked into jail. His bail is set at $1 million, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
ORIGINAL POST: Three 19-year-old men and a 16-year-old girl were each charged with first-degree murder today in connection with the fatal shooting of a man Sept. 7 at a SeaTac motel.
The girl, Earnetra Turner, has been charged as an adult in the slaying of Herman Herlondo Tucker, 47. Also charged were Kavahn Matthews-Smith, Qiantre J. Taylor and Rodney Lee.
Taylor and Willis are each being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail. Turner’s bail is $1 million. Matthews-Smith is at large and a warrant has been issued for his arrest, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
All four defendants will be arraigned on Oct. 8.
The King County Sheriff’s Office says said that robbery is a likely motive for the shooting at the Motel 6 in the 20600 block of Military Road.
According to a probable-cause statement, Tucker “picked up” the 16-year-old the evening before he was shot, and the pair went to the motel. Detectives determined that Tucker was checked into room 224, and they got a warrant to search the room, locating two cellphones inside, one of which belonged to Tucker, the statement says.
On the other phone, detectives found text messages detailing a plan “to rob Tucker of his rings and possibly cash,” the probable-cause document says.
“Investigators noted that Tucker died with multiple rings on his fingers and about $700 in cash in his wallet,” the statement said.
According to the statement, witnesses saw the girl fleeing the scene with three males in a BMW driven by a woman.