The man convicted for the 1994 murder of Seattle Police Detective Antonio Terry was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of drug possession, police said.
Quentin Ervin, 36, and two other occupants of a car were stopped on a minor traffic violation by officers who were patrolling Rainier Valley shortly after midnight. A routine check revealed Ervin had an officer-safety caution and was on active Department of Corrections supervision for murder in the first degree.
There were warrants out for the two passengers of the car. During the stop, the officers found suspected crack-cocaine in the car.
The three men were arrested and booked into the King County Jail.
Ervin was sentenced in 2008 to 20 years for the slaying of Terry. In 1994, Terry, 36, was fatally shot after he stopped to help Ervin and Eric Smiley, whose vehicle had broken down on an Interstate 5 ramp. After he was shot, Terry was able to drive to the South Precinct, where he gave a description of the two suspects before he died.
Ervin was found guilty by a jury in 1996 and sentenced to 27 years in prison, but a 2002 state Supreme Court ruling known as the Andress decision, which struck down part of the state’s felony-murder law, nullified his conviction. King County prosecutors refilled the case as aggravated first-degree murder in 2007. Attorneys worked out a plea deal that reduced the charge from aggravated murder and dropped an attempted-murder charge.
Ervin was released from prison on Sept. 17, 2012, according to the DOC.