A man suspected of fatally stabbing an acquaintance outside a Frederickson-area convenience store was convinced the other man was trying to hurt him, court documents show.
Investigators don’t believe that was the case.
Tyler Jacob Wallace, 20, was charged Friday with second-degree murder for allegedly stabbed Edward “Eddie” Anthony Pilotte II, 18, on Monday night.
Wallace pleaded not guilty at arraignment Friday afternoon, and Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set bail at $1 million.
Charging papers give this account:
A witness called 911 just before midnight Monday to report two men fighting in a store parking lot in the 16100 block of Canyon Road East.
Onlookers spotted Pilotte’s Acura Integra driving backwards in circles, leaned inside to stop the car and realized the driver was hurt.
Pierce County sheriff’s deputies who responded found Pilotte slumped outside of the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A plastic knife handle was on the ground nearby. Authorities later said the blade broke off inside Pilotte during the attack.
About the same time, Wallace’s grandmother called 911 to report he had come home talking about possibly stabbing someone.
He spoke with dispatchers on the phone and said it was self-defense. Wallace claimed Pilotte tried to run him over earlier in the night, threatened to shoot him and swung a wrench at him.
“Wallace reported that he may have stabbed Eddie, as he was afraid for his life,” records show.
Deputies do not believe Pilotte threatened or tried to hurt Wallace.
A woman who was with Pilotte before the confrontation said he called her about 11:30 p.m. and said Wallace had jumped in front of his car and challenged him to a fight.
Pilotte told her he just drove around Wallace and left.
Witnesses backed up that account.
The two men had argued in the past over a woman and Wallace allegedly made death threats toward Pilotte on Facebook.
Wallace was arrested at his grandmother’s house.
Pilotte’s father, also named Edward Pilotte, said outside court Friday that he’s grateful to Wallace’s family for turning him in.
“We know how hard that had to have been to do,” Pilotte said.
From what he understands, the 18-year-old Pilotte was killed while on his way to get a baby bottle that his new girlfriend had left at a gas station.
She has a small child, and Pilotte agreed to retrieve the bottle when the girlfriend called and said she’d forgotten it.
“It’s just so hard, so unbelievable,” the elder Pilotte said of his son’s death. “... I honestly don’t know he thought anybody could be that evil.”
The teenager’s family said he routinely told loved ones and strangers “give me a word,” which he’d turn into a rap song on the spot.
He also loved working on cars and racing them, they said. And he was thrilled to be joining his uncle’s semi-professional drift racing team.
Some of Pilotte’s cars were so loud, dad joked, that he made him park down the street, to avoid bothering the neighbors.
They were longtime residents of the Port Orchard and Key Peninsula areas, and recently moved to Olympia.
A memorial is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 17, at the Key Peninsula Civic Center, 17010 S Vaughn Road Kp N.
Donations to support the family are being collected online, at: www.youcaring.com/shannonroospilotte-1121516.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653