Wednesday, November 11, 2009

An "obvious commitment to a lifestyle that includes guns and crime" was a major factor

Suspect In "Accidental" Shooting of Woman Surrenders
By: John Brown's Bones
Louis Parker

On August 6th 2009 in Bryn Mawr-Skyway Washington, a small town 30 miles northeast of Tacoma, 19-year-old Louis Parker ended a week long manhunt for him by turning himself into the King County Sheriff's Department.

Parker was wanted for shooting of his girlfriend, Markesha Monroe, whose name was only recently released by authorities. The shooting left the woman brain dead for a week before she died from a single .22 caliber gunshot wound that was fired at close range into her skull.

On the day of the shooting, the Monries's roommate, Lakaia Dade, said she'd been asleep when she heard the woman call her boyfriend's name, followed by a single shot.

Dade said the man jumped out a window, then came back inside to tell Dade the gun had gone off accidentally while his longtime girlfriend was playing with it. Dade said she didn't believe him, and Parker jumped out the window again and ran away when Dade called 911.

Parker, 19, has a lengthy juvenile-criminal record and is a known member of the Westside Street Mobb street gang, according to charging papers. Since becoming an adult, he twice has been booked into the King County Jail on investigation of unlawful possession of a firearm, the charging papers say. Prosecutor's plan on charging Parker with first degree murder but he is currently being held on a $1 million dollar bond on a Felony Assault charge.

Prosecutor's office spokesman Dan Donohoe was quoted as saying that Parker's "obvious commitment to a lifestyle that includes guns and crime" was a major factor in the charge and bail for this case.

References:
Seattle Times, Skyway shooting victim dies; boyfriend held
Seattle Times, Deputies hunt for suspect in shooting
Renton Reporter, 19 year-old Woman In Critical Condition