Pasco man pleads innocent to rendering criminal assistance

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldJuly 1, 2014 

Kenyetta Taylor

A Pasco man pleaded innocent Tuesday to allegations he drove a suspected shooter from the scene where a man was hit in the foot while hiding behind a car.

Sudric Scott Turner, 54, faces trial Aug. 20 in Franklin County Superior Court on one felony count of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

He has been held in the Franklin County jail on $10,000 bail.

Meanwhile, police continue looking for Kenyetta Turner, the 30-year-old suspect in the June 24 shooting at East Butte Street and South Douglas Avenue.

It is not known if Sudric and Kenyetta are related.

Sudric Turner was identified in earlier reports as Cedric.

According to Pasco police and court documents, there was a dispute at 8:30 p.m. between two groups of people. Police haven't said if it was gang related.

Kenyetta Turner allegedly stood in the middle of the street firing a gun at another person in a car on Douglas. He continued to shoot toward the car as it drove away, documents said.

Callers told police dispatchers they heard about seven to eight gunshots and saw two vehicles leaving the area. One was described as a white truck. The other car reportedly had its back window shot out.

In all, 25 shell casings were recovered at the scene by police.

The victim, Miguel A. Montenegro, 24, was injured when a bullet hit his left foot after he ducked behind a vehicle.

After the shooting, a white pickup quickly pulled up and Kenyetta Turner jumped in before it left the area, court documents said.

The truck, owned by Sudric Turner, later returned with him, documents said.

Officer Michelle Goenen was at the shooting scene and allegedly watched Sudric Turner get out of the truck and walk into his South Owen Avenue home. Witnesses identified him as the man who drove the suspect away to prevent or delay his apprehension, documents said.

Kenyetta Turner has a warrant for first-degree assault and second-degree possession of a gun. He is 5-foot-9, 350 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 509-586-8477, 800-222-8477 or www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org.

-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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