Man on lam charged in stepfather's fatal shooting
Zachary Collins has been on the run since February, when he is accused of fatally shooting his stepfather in the head as the older man sat in his pickup outside a gas station on Seattle's First Hill.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Prosecutors say Zachary Collins has been on the run since February, when he is accused of fatally shooting his stepfather in the head as the older man sat in his pickup outside a gas station on Seattle's First Hill.
Collins was charged with second-degree murder on Monday and a $1 million warrant was issued for his arrest, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
Collins, 20, has no verified address or phone and is known to move between Seattle and Portland, according to prosecutors. He is described as black, 5-feet-10 and 170 pounds with brown eyes, black hair and a medium skin tone.
According to charging documents, a security guard at the Puget Sound Blood Center called 911 to report shots fired just before 2:30 a.m. Feb. 9.
He saw a man with dreadlocks running from the 76 gas station at 914 James St., where officers later found Glennis Parker, 56, dead behind the wheel of his still-idling pickup, charging papers say.
Parker had been shot three times in the head.
Around 4 a.m., Parker's distraught wife showed up at the gas station with her sister and another son, who is disabled, the charging papers say. She told officers Parker had a "loud discussion" with someone at her house a few hours earlier, and later she conceded Collins, her son, was home at the time.
Someone called 911 at 1:36 a.m. but hung up without speaking to a dispatcher, the papers say. When the dispatcher called the house, the woman said there was no problem, just a loud discussion.
At the scene of her husband's death, the woman denied speaking with anyone about the shooting, telling officers that Collins had left the house first, followed sometime later by her husband, charging papers say.
She said she became worried when her husband didn't answer his cellphone, so she went to look for him.
Homicide detectives later got a warrant for the woman's phone records and discovered a two-minute phone call had been placed to the house around the time of the shooting, according to the charging documents.
They then tracked down the cellphone used to make the call, which belonged to another woman.
That woman told detectives she'd been approached by a young man with dreadlocks who demanded to use her cellphone so he could call his mother, the papers say. "She said he was crying and pacing back and forth," and she overheard him address the person on the line as "mommy" several times, charging papers say.
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