King County prosecutors on Wednesday filed murder charges for two separate Renton homicides against a 14-year-old boy and said they would request a hearing to have the cases transferred from juvenile court to adult court.
The boy, who was arrested Thursday night at a Renton apartment 1,200 feet from where the second victim was killed on Jan. 12, remains in juvenile custody, prosecutors say.
He was charged on Wednesday with second-degree murder in connection with the October 29 shooting death of Marc Anthony Valladolid, 22, and first-degree premeditated murder, accused of killing Anthony Pace, 54, on January 12. , according to court records. Both murder charges feature gun upgrades and the 14-year-old, who is not legally allowed to own firearms, has also been charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree.
Charging documents do not provide a clear motive for either killing.
The Seattle Times is not naming the 14-year-old because the newspaper generally does not name juvenile offenders unless they are charged as adults.
Under state law, 16- and 17-year-olds charged with serious violent offenses such as murder may have their case automatically thrown out of the juvenile system in adult or higher court. But for a younger teenager to be tried as an adult, a discretionary denial hearing must be held, with a judge weighing eight factors, known as “Kent Factorsafter a 1966 U.S. Supreme Court decision to determine whether the case remains in juvenile court or moves to adult court.
Juvenile jurisdiction ends on the respondent’s 21st birthday. Where a minor is instead tried and sentenced as an adult, the trial judge has discretion in imposing a sentence, which generally includes a period of community supervision, and is not required to follow sentencing guidelines. standard sentence in place for adult criminal defendants.
Renton police responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot of a Safeway grocery store in the 4300 block of Northeast Fourth Street just before 7 p.m. on October 29 and found Valladolid on the ground between two parked cars. They determined he had been shot four times, according to the charges against the 14-year-old. Valladolid died at the scene.
Police obtained CCTV footage showing a woman, two girls and a boy arriving together at Safeway around 6 p.m. and entering the store. The boy, later identified as the 14-year-old, and his 13-year-old girlfriend were seen in the ‘scooter around the store’ footage provided to people with reduced mobility. Police identified the girlfriend’s 34-year-old mother and 15-year-old sister as the others in the footage.
The four were seen loading groceries into a Honda Odyssey, which was parked two places from where Valladolid sat in the driver’s seat of his car.
The van was seen pulling out of its spot to drive away, but then unexpectedly backed up towards Valladolid’s car and came to a stop, the charges allege. The 14-year-old, who was in the front passenger seat, was seen hanging out of the window and shouting at Valladolid, asking what Valladolid was looking at and if he knew who the boy was, the charges say.
Valladolid was shot as he approached the passenger side of the van. Two 9mm casings were later found near his body.
The Honda, with the 34-year-old woman at the wheel, quickly left the scene, according to the charges. Shortly after the fatal shooting, the woman – who paid for groceries with her bank card and Safeway loyalty card – purchased a black Chevrolet Suburban, the charges allege.
Police say the Suburban was the vehicle used to drive the 14-year-old boy to and from the second shooting scene on January 12 outside the Circle Food Store at 2000 Benson Road South.
Police responded to a shooting at the store around 5:40 p.m. and found Pace lying on his back on the sidewalk just outside the main entrance, charging documents say. Pace had been shot at least four times and died at the scene.
During the investigation, police learned that Pace was a regular at the store who frequented the business almost daily. Minutes before the shooting, footage from the store’s video cameras showed a black Suburban back in a parking spot north of the front doors.
The Suburban’s driver, who police later identified as a 37-year-old man, entered the store and purchased a t-shirt and cigars, the charges allege. While in the store, surveillance footage showed Pace arriving in his vehicle and parking in front of the Suburban.
As Pace entered the store, footage showed a boy, later identified as the 14-year-old, getting out of the Suburban and walking to the store entrance, where he was hanging out next to a trash can, according to the accusations.
The 37-year-old left the store and appeared in the footage to wave and speak to the 14-year-old before climbing into the driver’s seat of the Suburban. Pace, meanwhile, was shopping and crossing the parking lot when he turned to the 14-year-old, who apparently did something to get his attention, the charges allege. Pace approached the boy, stopping two or three feet from him. Footage shows the boy pulled a gun from his pocket, immediately began shooting, then entered the Suburban with a gun in his hand, the charges allege.
The Suburban sped away.
The charges say police searched the 14-year-old’s Instagram account and saw photos of him wearing the same distinctive clothes and shoes the shooter was seen wearing in both homicides. Police also found multiple selfies of the boy posing with assault rifles and handguns, according to the charges.
Renton police arrested the 14-year-old along with the 34-year-old woman and 37-year-old man on January 13 at the Echo Mountain Apartments, just south of the Circle Food Store, according to the charging documents.
On Wednesday, none of the adults appeared to have been jailed. Casey McNerthney, spokesman for King County District Attorney Dan Satterberg, said Renton police have yet to refer a case to prosecutors involving the two adults.