July 20, 2013 in Region

Man, 27, pleads not guilty in shooting that killed girl

She was granddaughter of Spokane businessman
Associated Press

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EVERETT – A Marysville, Wash., man has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and drive-by shooting in what authorities describe as a night of random shooting around Snohomish County.

A 15-year-old Seattle girl was fatally shot June 1 as she walked with friends along a road in Lake Stevens.

Snohomish County prosecutors say 27-year-old Erick N. Walker, of Marysville, “exhibited extreme indifference to human life” the night of June 1 when he opened fire on a group of girls, killing Molly Conley, the granddaughter of Spokane businessman John Conley Sr., who founded the White Elephant store.

The Daily Herald reported Walker is also accused of firing bullets into four homes in Marysville and Lake Stevens.

The Boeing worker with no criminal history was arrested June 28 and denied any involvement. He pleaded Friday in Snohomish County Superior Court.

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