Crime

Former Foss standout charged in drive-by shooting; bail set at $500,000

Former Foss High basketball star Dezmyn Trent was charged Friday with four counts of assault and one count of drive-by shooting, according to documents filed by Pierce County prosecutors.

Trent, 20, entered a plea of not guilty. Pierce County Superior Court Pro Tem Judge John McCarthy set bail at $500,000.

The charges involve two shooting incidents reported Wednesday at a Lakewood apartment complex. According to court documents, 20 to 30 shots were fired, but no one was hit.

Three men were arrested and charged along with Trent: Nickolas Wiley, 20; Javonte Hughes, 21; and Javon Morrison, 19. Similar charges were filed against all four. Trent faces the fewest counts.

The first incident was reported at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A man and a woman were sitting in a car talking to two men outside the car when a dark-colored SUV pulled into the parking lot and someone fired an estimated 12 shots. The car was hit several times; Lakewood police recovered a dozen shell casings from different weapons.

One shot went through the headrest of the driver’s seat, court documents state.

The second incident was reported about 10:40 p.m. at the same apartment complex. Callers reported 20 to 30 shots fired.

A Lakewood officer spotted a dark gray Ford Explorer leaving the scene and stopped it. Hughes was the driver. Trent was in the front passenger seat. Wiley and Morrison sat in back.

Police recovered four handguns from the car, along with 13 shell casings and additional ammunition.

A witness, interviewed later, identified Wiley as one of the shooters. A second witness said all four occupants of the car were holding guns, including Trent.

Charging papers filed by deputy prosecutor Jesse Williams state that Trent has not been charged in connection with the first of the two shootings, “but that could change depending on further investigation.”

Trent, named as the News Tribune’s 2012-2013 All-Area Player of the year, won a scholarship to Boise State University, where he played in 31 games over the past two seasons.

Following his Thursday arrest, he was released from his scholarship, and Boise State coach Leon Rice announced that Trent had been dismissed from the team.

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