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Last Hoopfest suspect now in Spokane

The last of four men charged with attempted murder for a shooting at Hoopfest has been transported to the Spokane County Jail. 

Marquis D. Johnson, 21, (right) appeared in Superior Court today on two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of riot after arriving in Spokane from the Benton County Jail on Thursday.

Johnson was being held on a probation violation after he was arrested at Hoopfest on June 26. He’d only been out of prison since June 6 after serving about three years for a gun-related assault conviction.

Prosecutors allege Johnson was with Miguel C. Garcia, 19; Adam Doe, 19; and Rashjel C. “Reggie” Cage, 23, when Garcia fired a gun at least three times, injuring three bystanders.

Witnesses said Cage passed the gun to Garcia, who fired it and passed it to Doe, who was arrested at gunpoint after trying to flee the scene, police said.

Johnson 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 fist-degree attempted murder charge.

Five of the 10 alleged attempted-murder victims are identified only as Jane or John Doe. First-degree assault is included as a an alternative charge in each case.

Defense attorneys told a judge last week that prosecutors don’t have a legal basis for the charges, but Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Garvin said the “theory” of his office is quite straightforward: “When you point a gun at someone … what other intent do you have but to cause their death?” 

Defense attorney David Partovi, who is representing Garcia, said after last week’s hearing that under Garvin’s theory, prosecutors should have charged former Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen with attempted murder in connection with his shooting of Shonto Pete on Feb. 26, 2007.

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Hoopfest shooting brings 50+ felony charges

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

Miguel C. Garcia, 19; Adam Doe, 19; Marquis D. Johnson, 21 (right); and Rashjel C. “Reggie” Cage, 23, (left) all are in custody.

Garcia, Doe and Cage appeared in Superior Court Wednesday afternoon via video from Spokane County Jail; Johnson is in the Benton County Jail in Kennewick. 

The men are 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.

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Past coverage:

June 30: High bonds set for Hoopfest suspects

June 29: Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’

Shooting suspect’s mom: He can’t stay here

When a judge ruled that a 19-year-old man arrested after a shooting at Hoopfest Saturday deserved a substantial bond, she noted that his mother has said he isn’t welcome at home.

“She stated she does not want the defendant to stay with her if he is released,” Judge Debra Hayes said Tuesday before approving a $200,000 bond for Adam Doe.

Hayes called Doe and alleged Hoopfest gunman Miguel C. Garcia, 19, a “tremendous risk to this community and many innocent and defenseless bystanders.”

Both men appeared in court Tuesday via video from the jail. Garcia was given a $750,000 bond for three counts of first-degree assault; Doe is charged with unlawful posession of a firearm and third-dgree assault.

The assault charge stems from Doe allegedly reaching for gun when approached by police, which led to an officer drawing his gun. But the officer didn’t fire because of the large crowd, leading to what he described in court documents as a violent struggle with the teenager.

Doe is due back in court today for violating his release conditions on assault and riot charges connected to a stabbing in October.

Read more in my story here.

June 29: Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’

June 26: Two hospitalized after shooting at Hoopfest

Shooting suspect charged in Oct. stabbing

UPDATE: Court appearances were moved to Tuesday in District Court.

A suspect arrested in shooting at Hoopfest on Saturday already is charged in a gang-related stabbing outside a downtown Spokane night club last fall.

Adam Doe, 19, is due in Superior Court this afternoon on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and third-degree assault on law enforcement.

Also set to appear is Miguel C. Garcia, 19, on two counts of first-degree assault. Garcia is accused of firing a gun about 6 p.m. Saturday near Spokane Falls Boulevard and Howard Street as thousands gathered downtown for the annual three-on-three basketball tournament.

The bullets hit two women and grazed a third victim. Both women were treated and released from Sacred Heart Medical Center within three hours, according to hospital records.

Also arrested in connection with the shooting were Marquis D. Johnson, 21, on a probation violation and Tyrone Carell, 21, and Kalen Bedford, 19, on disorderly conduct charges. Neither Carell nor Bedford remains in jail.

Doe is scheduled for trial Sept. 20 on assault and riot charges related to an Oct. 28 stabbing near Club Uno, 515 W. Sprague.

Five other men were charged; Parrish J. Johnson pleaded guilty to riot; charges against William Alexander-Durr were dismissed. Rashjel G. Cage, 24, and Rakee D. Cage, 23, have pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault. John D. Proctor, 24, is set for trial in September.

The stabbing injured Kenneth R. Budick and Charles L. Lucious, according to documents. Witnesses said one of defendants said, “There’s Kenny! Murder One Crips!” before the attack, according to court documents. Budik was a victim in a shooting in 2007 that killed gang member Adama Walton.

Police said Saturday's shooting occurred when two rival gangs squared off, but details of the confrontation haven't been released.