Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a second suspect in connection with the attempted robbery last week at a Lake Stevens home that ended when another suspect was shot. The second suspect, a 32-year-old Arlington man, was booked into Snohomish County Jail this morning for investigation of first-degree assault and kidnapping, according to the sheriff’s office. The wounded…More
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UPDATE, 9:10 p.m. | Detectives now believe the homeowner and a male acquaintance were in the garage when two males entered with their faces covered and attempted to rob them at gunpoint. The acquaintance allegedly pulled a gun out of his car and shot one of the robbery suspects. The wounded suspect was taken to Harborview…More
Two people have been hospitalized after their SUV struck a school bus head-on in Lake Stevens. The bus driver and two children on the bus were not hurt. Shortly before 7 a.m. a Chevrolet Tahoe drove into the oncoming lanes at the intersection of South Lake Stevens Road and South Davies Road, said Lake Stevens police Cmdr….More
A 27-year-old Marysville man, charged Thursday with first-degree murder in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting of 15-year-old Molly Conley in June, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Snohomish County Superior Court on Friday. Erick N. Walker also pleaded not guilty to four counts of drive-by shooting for allegedly firing a weapon into a series…More
Snohomish County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a witness who may have information about events leading up the June 17 slaying of Phillipa Evans-Lopez in Lake Stevens. According to statements made by suspect Anthony E. Garver, 25, he and Evans-Lopez, 20, were joined by another person at some point between June 13 and June 16, the…More
The Associated Press LAKE STEVENS — A mentally ill Spokane man with a lengthy criminal record has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a woman in Lake Stevens. Anthony E. Garver, 25, was arrested just after 6 p.m. Tuesday at a fast food restaurant in Everett, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. He had…More
EVERETT — The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office has decided to charge Erick N. Walker with second-degree murder, rather than first-degree murder, in the fatal drive-by shooting of Molly Conley. Walker was also charged this afternoon with five counts of second-degree assault and four counts of drive-by shooting.
Prosecutors had earlier said they planned to charge the 27-year-old Boeing employee with first-degree murder, but opted for second-degree murder after a court hearing this afternoon. In ordering Walker to be held in lieu of $5 million bail, Everett District Court Judge Tam T. Bui found probable cause to hold Walker for investigation of second-degree murder. She said she did not find sufficient probable cause to hold him for investigation of first-degree murder.
First-degree murder generally requires prosecutors to prove an element of premeditation or another aggravating factor, said Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Joan Cavagnaro. In Walker’s case, prosecutors had originally said that the murder was committed with “extreme indifference to human life.”
Second-degree, or felony murder, however, only requires prosecutors to prove that a person committed a felony, such as pointing a weapon at someone, and as a result of that felonious act caused the death of another person.
“We agreed with the detectives in the moment, but when we went back to the office, we said, ‘Well, the judge wears the black robe so at this point we will file felony murder,’ ” Cavagnaro said.
She said the investigation is far from over, and that prosecutors could still amend the charge to first-degree murder should the evidence warrant it.
Walker, of Marysville, is suspected of killing 15-year-old Conley. Police and prosecutors say Walker was involved in at least a dozen drive-by shootings the night of June 1, when Conley was killed while walking with friends, according to a probable-cause statement filed in the case. Walker was linked to Conley’s shooting through ballistics and damage sustained by his car in a hit-and-run accident the same night.
The damage on his vehicle was consistent with the accident reported by witnesses, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition, Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe said this afternoon that ballistics has matched five of the slugs recovered from the shooting scenes to two firearms owned by Walker.
The Sheriff’s Office says investigators do not believe anyone else was involved in the shootings. They still don’t have a motive.More
The woman found dead in a West Lake Stevens home on Monday has been identified as Phillipa S. Evans-Lopez, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Evans-Lopez, 20, died from stab wounds, according to the medical examiner’s office. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office launched a homicide investigation after she was found in the home in…More
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has launched a homicide investigation after a young woman was found dead Monday in West Lake Stevens, according to Lt. Jeff Brand of the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to a home in the 9200 block of 15th Street Southeast just after 9 a.m. after receiving a 911 call. A woman in her 20s…More
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to charges in the slaying of 15-year-old Molly Conley in Lake Stevens on June 1. Citizens can go to any Wells Fargo Bank and donate money to the Molly Conley Reward Fund, which was set up by the American Legion, according to the Snohomish County…More