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Teenager Pleads Innocent In Fatal Shooting Of Another Teen

Associated Press

A teenager has pleaded innocent to first-degree murder in the shooting of another teenager.

Christopher John Reinhold, 18, turned himself in late last week to Olympia police. He was charged Monday and ordered held on $500,000 bail following an arraignment before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks.

The body of Lamar Alexander, 18, was found Aug. 6 in his car in a driveway of an apartment house. Alexander had been shot in the head in what police described as a gang-related shooting.

At Reinhold’s arraignment Monday, Hicks said Alexander might have been killed for being considered a “snitch.”

Deputy Thurston County Prosecutor Jack Jones said a witness had quoted Reinhold as saying, “‘You’re not going to be a snitch again,’ or words to that effect.”

Alexander testified in Superior Court in July in a gun-trafficking case in which Alexander and other Timberline High School students went to a Lacey apartment and bought stolen handguns during a school lunch break.

Reinhold’s defense attorney said he may challenge the basis for the first-degree murder charge.

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