Police in Spokane believe they have identified the man who they say shot a 23-year-old woman multiple times. After police apprehended him in lower South Hill, the 19-year-old man was charged for felony assault and robbery and held at the Spokane County Jail. A police representative said that a weapon has not yet been found, and detectives plan to search the accused man's address.
According to police, the incident took place after a woman met with the accused man in a fast food restaurant's parking lot at 8 p.m. The woman had allegedly arrived with the intention of purchasing $900 worth of prescription medication from the man. After drawing a firearm and attempting to rob the woman, the man allegedly shot her in the chest. The woman survived the incident, and she is reported to have been released from the hospital.
Police say the evidence they used to identify the accused man was gathered from the woman's vehicle. Police also made statements ensuring the public that they did not target the man individually. The man was also accused of pointing a weapon at a taxi driver in 2012, and he is the brother of a 16-year-old boy who was recently accused of beating a man to death.
If detectives do not locate a firearm, the man may be able to build a solid defense against his charges by arguing that there is a lack of evidence. The man may also present his own evidence that establishes why he could not have been at the scene of the shooting. During his trial, an attorney may assist the man in his defense by challenging the validity of the evidence the prosecution claims was in the woman's vehicle.
Source: The Spokesman-Review , "Suspect arrested in weekend shooting", January 09, 2014