County issues statement regarding reversal of conviction in killing of armored car guard

Pierce County has issued the following statement in response to the recent Washington State Supreme Court ruling that overturned the conviction in the killing of an armored car guard in Lakewood:

In 2011, a Pierce County jury convicted Odies Walker of aggravated murder in the first degree, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, solicitation to commit robbery in the first degree and conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree based on the following evidence. [Read more…]

Charges preferred in fatal stabbing case

Private Jeremiah DeShaun Hill, 24, an infantryman assigned to 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division was formally charged Tuesday with premeditated murder, murder and manslaughter in accordance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Although this case involves one death, in the military justice system, the charge sheet should include all lesser included offenses. [Read more…]

TNT: Second teen charged in Lakewood home-invasion robbery

“Pierce County prosecutors on Monday charged a 17-year-old boy suspected in a home-invasion robbery in which a Lakewood homeowner shot and killed one of the intruders. Qiuordai Taylor pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of first-degree burglary and five counts of assault.” Read the rest of Stacia Glenn’s story on The News Tribune website.

Gang member charged in home invasion, one burglar dead

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Qiuordai Lewis Taylor, 17, with manslaughter in the first degree, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and assault in the second degree.

Taylor and two other men forced their way into a Lakewood couple’s home, tied them up and stole several items. The husband shot one of the suspects, Taijon Vorhees, who later died. Taylor is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at 1:30 p.m., in Pierce County Superior Court, Room 250. Duprea Romon Wilson pleaded not guilty on November 20th and is being held in lieu of $3 million bail. [Read more…]