Lacey police seek two homicide suspects; two others appear in court Thursday

Staff writerJanuary 23, 2014 

Lacey police are seeking two juvenile males in connection with Wednesday night's shooting death of 34-year-old Daniel L. Smith of Lacey, including a teen suspected of pulling the trigger, court papers state.

Both juveniles are believed to be "on the run" after the fatal shooting at the College Glen Apartments parking lot, "and may be in hiding in Thurston or Pierce counties," according to the Lacey Police Department.

The alleged shooter is a 17-year-old boy, Lacey Police Cmdr. Jim Mack confirmed Thursday.

The homicide investigation began about 5 p.m. Wednesday when Lacey police, responding to a 911 call, found Smith dead of a single gunshot in his vehicle parked at the College Glen Apartments in the 4800 block of 55th Lane SE off of College Street.

Thurston County prosecutors have released probable cause declarations for two adult teenaged members of the group that were arrested by Lacey police early Thursday morning in connection with Smith's homicide.

They appeared before a judge Thursday - a third juvenile suspect will appear before a judge Friday afternoon.

The probable cause declarations provide a window into how the teens, several believed to be local members of the "Crips" gang, had prearranged to purchase an unspecified amount of marijuana from Smith. The teens brought no money to the meeting with Smith, and planned to rob him of his marijuana, court papers allege.

One of the teens, a 17-year-old still at large, pointed a gun in the window of Smith's car because he refused to show them the marijuana until he was showed the money, court papers state. When Smith attempted to drive off after having a gun pointed at him, the 17-year-old pulled the trigger, according to court papers.

Also according to court papers:

The group of five teens initially arranged to meet Smith at the nearby Safeway parking lot on Yelm Highway. After meeting there briefly, the group of teens told Smith they had to leave to get the money and met up again, this time at the College Glen Apartments parking lot.

Lacey police identified several suspects after a 911 caller who witnessed the shooting gave a dispatcher their names, and gave a vehicle description of a fleeing suspect vehicle.

Lacey police located and arrested three suspects at an apartment complex down the street from the College Glen Apartments after 4 a.m. Thursday.

The arrested adult suspects are Eric Adamczewski, 19, and Stephen Pettit, 18, both of Lacey. Adamczewski has no prior criminal history, court papers state. Petit has juvenile arrests for third-degree burglary, being a minor in possession of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court papers.

During a court hearing Thursday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor ordered both held on suspicion of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree robbery. Tabor set their bail at $500,000 each.

Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney Jon Tunheim said that although neither of the men are accused of pulling the trigger, they are accused of first-degree murder under a theory of accomplice liability.

Lacey police also arrested a juvenile suspect on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted robbery. The 16-year-old will however, be charged as an adult, Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Wayne Graham said Thursday. He will appear in Thurston County Superior Court Friday afternoon for his first court appearance. He also is being accused of first-degree murder under an accomplice liability theory.

Anyone with information on the two at-large suspects is encouraged to call the Lacey Police Department's detectives division at 360-459-4333 or Olympia-Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

 

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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