A Finley man pleaded innocent Tuesday to allegations he killed a Pasco man and shot at a car full of people in gang-related violence.
DeShawn I. Anderson, 18, is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with one count of first-degree murder and four counts of first-degree assault.
His trial date is set for Feb. 18.
Prosecutors claim Anderson was one of two armed suspects who ambushed a car Nov. 18, firing almost 20 rounds at the four occupants. Three of the men inside the car were injured.
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The investigation revealed the victims were associated with a street gang that had an ongoing feud with Anderson, Pasco Detective Corey Smith said in court documents. One of the victims was heard shouting “Shawn” during the shooting, and a description of one of the shooters matched Anderson.
Pasco police said the shooting on West Margaret Street sparked a series of gang attacks with two deaths in the next three weeks.
The following night, Anderson’s friend Anthony Guerrero, Anderson’s cousin and another man were in a car on West Marie Street as two men opened fire on them. Guerrero, 20, died hours later from his wounds, and one of the other men was seriously hurt.
Then late Dec. 3, Lorenzo R. Fernandez Jr., 22, was killed as he sat in his Ford Mustang in the Stonegate Apartments parking lot off Road 68.
Fernandez had received a call while at his parents’ house and driven to the apartment complex for unknown reasons. He reportedly was an associate of the victims from the Nov. 18 shooting.
Anderson allegedly fired several shots at Fernandez.
A witness saw a person matching Anderson’s description running from the scene with a gun, and shoe prints found in dirt at the scene matched the shoes Anderson was wearing when he was arrested Dec. 11, according to court documents.
Police also found .45-caliber shell casings and a 9 mm pistol magazine where Fernandez was shot. A search of the apartment where Anderson was found turned up a 9 mm pistol, documents said.
Lawyer Craig Stilwill stood in Tuesday for Anderson’s court-appointed attorney, Shelley Ajax, who didn’t make it to the hearing.
Stilwill didn’t ask the judge to reduce Anderson’s $1 million bail, leaving it for Ajax to argue at a later hearing.
A man wearing a sweatshirt with “RIP Anthony Guerrero” and the victim’s picture was removed from the courtroom by a security officer after Tuesday’s hearing for communicating with Anderson and making a hand gesture.
Police said Monday that Kenyatta K.E. Bridges also is a suspect in Fernandez’s death. He allegedly lured Fernandez to the apartment complex.
Bridges, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder.
His girlfriend, Mary A. Faucett, 26, also is wanted on a felony charge of obstruction.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bridges or Faucett is asked to contact Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 509-586-8477, 800-222-8477 or www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. All calls are confidential.