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March 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Suspect in Renton homicide pleads not guilty

A man pleaded not guilty this morning to second-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 17 shooting death of a 27-year-old man in the Lake Desire area near Renton.

Steven M. Marshall remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. His next hearing is scheduled for March 24.

Prosecutors say the victim, Ryan Prince, may have interrupted a burglary at the home in the 17800 block of East Lake Desire Drive Southeast that he shared with two roommates. They also say it appears Prince snapped a photo of the suspect’s license plate with his cellphone before he was killed.

According to charging papers, Prince used his security code to deactivate an alarm system at 8:05 p.m. on Feb. 17. Five minutes later, 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, charging papers say.

According to police, Prince was “confronted by multiple assailants who were intent on burglarizing the home” and was “shot several times with multiple firearms.” He died at the scene.

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, 34, 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.

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