July 29, 2010 in City

Men charged in Hoopfest shooting

Attempted first-degree murder among counts
By The Spokesman-Review
 

Four men arrested after a shooting at Hoopfest have each been charged with 12 murder-related felonies.

Miguel C. Garcia, 19; Adam Doe, 19; Marquis D. Johnson, 21; and Rashjel C. “Reggie” Cage, 23, are all in custody. Garcia, Doe and Cage appeared in Superior Court Wednesday via video from Spokane County Jail; Johnson is in the Benton County Jail in Kennewick.

Each is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder and single counts of riot and unlawful possession of a firearm. First-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault are included as alternative charges.

Doe also is charged with third-degree assault after a Spokane police officer said the teen struggled violently as he was being detained just minutes after the shooting.

The charges come a month after police say Garcia fired a gun on Spokane Falls Boulevard during the Hoopfest basketball tournament, injuring three bystanders.

The charges allege Garcia, Doe, Johnson and Cage committed the crimes “to obtain or maintain” their membership or to advance their positions “in the hierarchy of an organization, association or identifiable group.”

The men were fighting with rival gang members June 26 when, witnesses said, Cage passed a handgun to Garcia, who fired it at least three times, according to court documents. Garcia then reportedly passed the gun to Doe, who was arrested at gunpoint after trying to flee the scene, police said.

An off-duty Spokane police detective saw the shooting and followed the men as on-duty officers swarmed the area.

Doe was prohibited from leaving his home unless accompanied by his parents or going to school, according to a judge’s order related to riot and assault charges stemming from a stabbing last fall.

Johnson, released from prison June 7 after serving three years for a shooting, was identified “as being present at the time of the shooting in close proximity to Cage and Garcia,” according to court documents. “They were both actively involved in the argument before and after the shooting.”

Kalen J. Bedford, who was arrested the day of the shooting on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, apparently was targeted by the gunfire – he is listed as the intended victim in a first-degree attempted murder charge.

Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Steve Garvin could not be reached for comment. Garcia’s lawyer, David Partovi, said he’ll likely challenge probable cause for the charges, “but I also think the charges will change over time.

“The government is upset, and I’m not sure I blame them,” Partovi said. “Gang shootings are not in the spirit of Hoopfest.”


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