FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2013
CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications
Breaking News Pager: 425-339-5700
As you are aware, a month ago today, 15 year-old Molly Conley was killed in a drive-by shooting that occurred in Lake Stevens late on a Saturday night. The Sheriff’s Office assumed the lead investigative role in this case.
After a full month-long investigation involving more than a dozen detectives, officers and forensic scientists from four law enforcement agencies, detectives were able to establish probable cause to arrest 26 year-old Erick N. Walker of Marysville last Friday.
It took an incredible amount of investigative work to get us to where we are today. At least a dozen witnesses provided information following several “shots fired” incidents that same night in the same area, as well the statements from those near Molly when she was killed. One of those witnesses reported that, in addition to hearing shots being fired, their vehicle was struck by the suspect vehicle.
Detectives gathered evidence from the various sites provided that to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab for analysis. The crime lab was able to provide a list of several possible types of weapons used in the shootings the night Molly died. A list of those who had recently purchased similar weapons was provided to detectives. The suspect’s name was included on that list.
The crime lab was also able to provide a list of possible vehicles involved in the hit and run in Marysville that same night, based on evidence gathered and examined. Investigators were able to match one of those vehicle types to one registered to the suspect.
Detectives located the suspect’s vehicle in a parking lot. They found the vehicle to be damaged in a way consistent with the type of collision reported by the victims in the Marysville “shots fired” and hit and run incident.
With this evidence in hand, detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s vehicle and residence in Marysville. On Friday, they served those warrants and detained the suspect for questioning. Although the suspect did not confess to the crime, he did provide enough information to the detectives to establish probable cause for his arrest. He was booked into the Snohomish County jail late Friday night for the following recommended charges:
- Five 2nd degree assault with a weapon
- Four Drive-by shooting
- One 1st degree murder.
We have no information that others were or are involved, but the incident remains under investigation. There were few investigative details we could release prior to today, for concern it would compromise the investigation.
Thank you for your patience during this past month and for helping us in our request for information from the public.