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A Spokane judge denied a suspected gang member's request to throw out the murder and assault charges against him following a deadly shooting at a Monroe Street music venue in September.
Carlos Fuentes, 25, asked the court to dismiss the first-degree murder and 12 drive-by shooting charges against him stemming from the shooting death of Julian Morrison, 26, at The Hop! late on the evening of Sept. 8. Investigators say the shooting, which took place in the parking lot behind the club, was likely the result of an ongoing gang feud exacerbated by the no-show of a popular rap artist club-goers thought was scheduled to appear.
Judge Ellen Clark ruled Thursday morning police had provided enough evidence to show Fuentes “was involved in some kind of incident or confrontation with the deceased,” despite witness statements indicating Kalen Bedford, 23, also arrested in connection with the homicide, was the only one who fired on Morrison. Fuentes' attorney, Robert Cossey, argued in a filing last month the only evidence against his client was hearsay and investigators could not prove he fired at people milling in the parking lot as he was driven from the scene.
As a result of Clark's ruling, Fuentes remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bond. A trial in the case is tentatively scheduled to begin next month.
One of the men accused of murder in the shooting death of Julian Morrison, 26, outside a Spokane music venue in September says prosecutors don't have enough evidence to try him.
Carlos Fuentes, 25, filed a motion through his attorney last week asking a judge to throw out the first-degree murder and 12 drive-by shooting charges that have kept him in jail since Sept. 12. Three days earlier, investigators say Fuentes acted with Kalen Bedford, 23, in an altercation outside The Hop! at 706 N. Monroe St. that left Morrison dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
Spokane Police have said the shooting was likely gang-related. An unnamed witness in court documents said they saw Fuentes bump into Morrison inside the venue, where most visitors anticipated an appearance from a popular rap artist who didn't show. The two exchanged statements of their gang affiliations, according to the witness. Several minutes later Morrison, Fuentes and Bedford stood in a rear parking lot where Bedford opened fire on Morrison multiple times, according to witness statements.
Fuentes' defense attorney, Robert Cossey, argues in a motion to dismiss the entirety of the evidence against his client is “hearsay from unidentified individuals.” Additionally, he said, the witnesses provided no statements that directly linked Fuentes to the slaying or multiple gunshots fired from a vehicle he and Bedford allegedly left the club in after the shooting.
A hearing in the matter is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 7. Fuentes and Bedford remain in jail on the charges.
Two men pleaded not guilty Thursday to several felony charges for a fight at a trailer park that involved a gun.
Josephus McDonald III, 31, (left) is charged with first-degree burglary, attempt to elude a police vehicle and four counts of second-degree assault for a Sept. 1 incident at the Wishing Well trailer park, 4911 N. Florida St.
Julian D. Morrison, 24, (right) is charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and three counts of second-degree assault. One of the victims said she knew McDonald as “Too Much” and met him through Morrison, who is her ex-boyfriend, according to court documents.
She told police the men came to her home without her permission and started a fight with four people who were at the home, and Morrison had a rifle.
The men left in a Dodge Stratus, which was involved in a chase with Spokane police that night.
A police dog helped locate the driver, McDonald after he fled the car. Morrison turned himself into police later that day. Both suspects remain in jail.
Spokane police are looking for a 24-year-old man after a fight at a trailer park that involved a gun early today.
Julian D. Morrison (right) is wanted for first-degree burglary and is considered armed after an incident at the Wishing Well trailer park, 4911 N. Florida St.
Officers arrived about 1:37 a.m. and were told by a woman that an acquaintance had entered her home, assaulted someone and brandished a gun before leaving in a Dodge Stratus driven by another man, according to a news release.
Officer Mike McCasland spotted the Stratus at North Freya Street and East Empire Avenue as officers were responding to the scene. The driver refused to stop and jumped out of the car with his passenger at East Buckeye Avenue and North Stone Street, police say.The vehicle stopped after hitting a curb.
Officer Craig Hamilton and his K-9, Leo, located the driver, 31-year-old Josephus McDonald, in the 2600 block of North Lee Street. He was booked into jail on charges of first-degree burglary and attempt to elude police.
McDonald (pictured left in 2007) has been described by police as a founder of one of Spokane's larger homegrown Crips gangs, according to this 2007 article.
Anyone with information on Morrison's location is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.