King County prosecutors Wednesday charged Steven M. Marshall with second-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 17 shooting death of a 27-year-old man who appears to have pointed detectives to his alleged killer by snapping a photo of Marshall’s license plate with his cellphone.
According to charging papers, Ryan Prince used his security code to deactivate an alarm system at 8:05 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the home he shared with two roommates in the Lake Desire area near Renton. Five minutes later, at 8:10 p.m., he took a close-up photo of a license plate with his phone, which was found by detectives the next day about 200 yards north of the home, the papers say.
The license plate belongs to Marshall’s burgundy Chrysler PT Cruiser, a car other witnesses told officers Marshall, 34, had talked of burning up or dumping, charging papers say.
At 8:21 p.m. on the night Prince was killed, a neighbor called 911 to report hearing gunshots and said lights were on inside the home and people could be seen moving around, the papers say. King County sheriff’s deputies arrived at 8:35 p.m. but left when no one answered the door, according to the charges.
At 10:30 p.m., Prince’s female roommate arrived home and found Prince’s body on his bedroom floor in the basement, the charges say. He had been shot four times — with at least two different kinds of ammunition — and had other physical injuries, according to the charges.
Deputies returned to the home and found surveillance cameras had been positioned on the front and back porches, but the digital-recording device attached to the cameras had been taken from a basement closet, the papers say. A gun was also stolen from an upstairs closet and officers found blood on the front porch and in several areas of the home, according to the papers.
Detectives were led to Marshall through the PT Cruiser as well as broken Burberry brand blue-frame eyeglasses found on the front porch of the home, according to the papers.