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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Suspect in Molly Conley shooting pleads not guilty

 

July 23, 2013

Trial set for September

Erick Nathaniel Walker, 27, of Marysville was arraigned in Snohomish County Superior Court of Friday, July 18 where he pled not guilty to the first degree murder charge in the death of Molly Conley, 15, and four counts of driving by shooting.

Walker is suspected of shooting several bullets from two different.30 caliber hand guns into homes and vehicles in Lake Stevens and Marysville. He is also accused of shooting at a group of young girls walking along South Lake Stevens Rd. on the evening of June 1. Conley was walking with the girls and was fatally shot in the neck.

Walker, a Boeing employee with no history of criminal activity, was arrested on June 18 and was arraigned via video from the Snohomish County Jail where his attorney, Mark Mestel asked Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Ed Stemler for discovery items such as police reports and other items pertaining to the investigation.

Stemler responded that there were over 2,000 pages of material plus information on disks that he would forward to Mestel.

Mestel reserved argument on the $5 million bail set for Walker until he examines the case file.

The plea was heard in front of Judge Janice Ellis who set the trial date for September 13, 2013.

Conley’s death has hit the Lake Stevens community hard. Hundreds gathered at Centennial Trail to remember her at a March for Molly last month.

Both the American Legion Post 181 and local business owner Joe Neverkiwitz have started funds at local banks gathering donations to find and convict Conley’s killer.

Many residents, along with the City of Lake Stevens, the local Police Guild and the American Legion have donated to the funds. The police are continuing to investigate the shootings.

 

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