Crime

Man pleads not guilty in connection to 2012 Lakewood drug hit

A man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he took part in 2012 drug hit in which hired hit men killed the wrong person.

Michael Rowland, 30, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $1 million.

Rowland is one of seven people charged in the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Jaime Diaz-Solis on Nov. 12 in Lakewood.

Hit men hired to kill a rival drug dealer mistakenly shot Diaz-Solis instead. Rowland is suspected of driving a getaway car, according to charging papers.

Portland authorities found and detained Rowland on Friday, and Lakewood police officers booked him into jail Tuesday.

Robert Leon Smith Jr., 34, awaits sentencing after he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery in connection with the shooting.

William Manuel Alvarez Calo, 28; Fidel Gaytan Gutierrez Jr., 32; Jiffary Alexander Mendez, 30; Mazzar Gerald Robinson, 42; and Ray Steven Turner, 33, have been charged and await trial.

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