Crime

Prosecutors charge 7 for fatal Parkland shooting they said happened during robbery attempt

Lorenzo Parks turned out his pockets to show his would-be robbers that he had no money, but one fatally shot him anyhow, according to charging papers.

Prosecutors charged seven Tuesday with first-degree murder in connection to the May 18 shooting in Parkland.

Jamar Latez Jones, 20, and 19-year-old Lonnie Lawerence Brantley Jr. were both arraigned, and not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf.

Judge James Orlando set bail at $500,000 for each.

Court records did not list attorneys for them.

Bench warrants were issued for Rasjon Andre Robinson, Khiry Terrell Baylis, Dakota Mikalle Collins, James Purnell Mapp, and Dasjon Michael Robinson — all 16-year-olds.

Charging papers and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department give this account of the shooting:

Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a fight near Pacific Avenue South and 127th Street South, and arrived to find Parks’ body in the parking lot of an auto parts store.

Deputies identified some of the defendants with the help of surveillance footage and a school resource officer, and when they interviewed one, he said they had all been drinking at Jones’ apartment before the shooting.

They went to local stores to shoplift food, and later Collins and Brantley came over. Collins had a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol with him, pictured in a photo posted that night on social media.

The group then decided to rob someone, and found Parks, a 38-year-old who lived in Spanaway.

They told him to give them everything in his pockets, he showed them he had nothing, and Collins eventually shot him.

The gunshot wound to his torso killed him.

Parks’ family attended the arraignments Tuesday, and declined to speak with reporters at that time.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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