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Trial this week in parking lot shooting

Jury selection began today in the trial of a teenager accused of shooting at two men in a motel parking lot late last year.

Anthony R. Covert, 19, was arrested in November, accused of shooting Shane L. Hagedorn in a dispute police say centered on a girl.

Police say Covert first acted like a victim when they found him under the Sunset Bridge after 10 rounds were fired in the West Wynn Motel parking lot on Sunset Boulevard. Police followed a blood trail to a hotel room, where they found Hagedorn.

Hagedorn had a knife but told police he didn’t used it.

“Hagedorn stated he is from the old school and settles disputes with his fist,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Witnesses say Hagedorn and Joseph L. Castagna had confronted Covert and Ricky E. Grubbs after Grubbs called Daja M. Varnell at the hotel, according to Covert’s arrest papers. Varnell told police Grubbs had been harassing her, and that Hagedorn argued with Grubbs on the phone before agreeing to fight in the parking lot, according to the arrest papers.

Covert told police he brought a stolen .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun and fired it at the two after he saw Hagedorn take his coat off and “reach behind his back as if he had something,” according to court documents. “(Covert) stated that he did not realize the victim had been shot because the victim was able to run away.”

Covert is charged with first-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, possession of a stolen firearm, and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Look for coverage of opening arguments this week. Read a previous story here.

Dale Nagy is prosecuting the case; Public Defender Al Rossi represents Covert. Judge Tari Eitzen is presiding over the trial.


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