Crime

Last of 7 arraigned in fatal Parkland ‘empty pockets’ robbery

The last of seven young men accused in a fatal botched robbery in Parkland was arraigned Monday.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of 16-year-old James Mapp III, and Pierce County Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Mapp and six others are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death May 18 of 38-year-old Lorenzo Parks.

Prosecutors allege they approached Parks near South 127th Street and Pacific Avenue, asked Parks for everything in his pockets at gunpoint and when he turned out his pockets to show he had nothing, one of the group fired.

Mapp turned himself in at Remann Hall juvenile detention center Saturday. Court records did not list an attorney for him.

Previously arraigned and awaiting trial are 19-year-old Lonnie Brantley Jr., 20-year-old Jamar Jones, 16-year-old Khiry Baylis, 16-year-old twins Dasjon and Rasjon Robinson, and 16-year-old Dakota Collins, who prosecutors allege was the gunman.

All have been charged as adults because of the seriousness of the crime.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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