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July 19, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Suspect in Molly Conley slaying pleads not guilty

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…

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July 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Second-degree murder charge filed in Molly Conley slaying

Erick Walker, suspected of the drive-by shooting that took the life of Seattle teen Molly Conley, appears on a video monitor in Snohomish County Superior Court on Monday. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Erick Walker, suspected of the drive-by shooting that took the life of Seattle teen Molly Conley, appears on a video monitor in Snohomish County Superior Court on Monday. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

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.

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July 1, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Police: Suspect had no connection with shooting victim Molly Conley

UPDATE AT 1:21 P.M.: Erick N. Walker’s arraignment has been postponed until tomorrow afternoon so the defense attorney can review the probable-cause document filed against his client. ORIGINAL POST: EVERETT  — The Marysville man suspected of killing 15-year-old Molly Conley apparently had no connection with the Seattle girl, a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said this…

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July 1, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Monday Memo: Suspect in girl’s death in court … Gorge death … Heat precautions

Suspect in the Molly Conley shooting to appear in court today: Erick Walker, 26,  is expected to make his first appearance in Snohomish County Superior Court this afternoon. He was arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting that killed 15-year-old Molly Conley of Seattle. Conley was shot and killed on June 1 in…

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June 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Sunday memo: Pride parade . . . Mariner baseball . . . More hot weather

Pride parade: The weekend of events for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community and their supporters wraps up today with the Pride Parade on Fourth Avenue from Union Street to Denny Way. It starts at 11 a.m. and continues into the afternoon. PrideFest  starts at noon and goes until 8 p.m. with…

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June 28, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Officials arrest Marysville man in connection to Molly Conley slaying

Authorities have arrested a 26-year-old Marysville man in connection with the June 1 drive-by shooting that killed 15-year-old  Molly Conley of Seattle, officials confirmed Friday night. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies made the arrest Friday at the man’s home, spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. The suspect was to be booked into Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of…

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June 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Monday memo: Drive-by shooting … New loo … Huskies champs again

Fun in the sun: In the 70s and sunny in Seattle in May? Could you ask for more? Enjoy a week’s worth of this beautiful weather. Who knows when it’ll be back … Drive-by shooting: A terrible story in Lake Stevens as Molly Conley, a teenager celebrating her 15th birthday, was shot dead while walking with friends along…

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