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Originally published Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM

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Tukwila man held in fatal Skyway shooting

A King County judge on Thursday found probable cause to hold an 18-year-old Tukwila man on investigation of homicide in connection with the fatal shooting of another man early Wednesday in a Skyway apartment.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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A King County judge Thursday found probable cause to hold an 18-year-old Tukwila man on investigation of homicide in connection with the fatal shooting of another man early Wednesday in Skyway.

The suspect, Kedric Carter, who had previously been ordered not to possess firearms, is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bail. The deadline for formal charges is Monday.

According to the King County Medical Examiner's Officer, 19-year-old Gerard Rogers died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Carter and Rogers were among a large group of friends and family members who had gathered at Carter's cousin's apartment in the 13400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against Carter.

Carter apparently went to another apartment in the building, but returned to his cousin's unit just after 11:30 p.m. to find a man passing around a semi-automatic pistol to others in the living room, the statement says.

"At one point, Carter took possession of the pistol and pointed it at the chest of the seated Rogers," the statement says. "While doing so, Carter fired the pistol and a single round struck Rogers in the heart, killing him almost instantly."

Carter's cousin called 911, but Carter fled in a vehicle before deputies arrived, according to the statement.

After being convicted of second-degree robbery in 2009, Carter was ordered not to possess any firearms.

In February, he was pulled over by a King County sheriff's deputy north of Burien after he was observed speeding, making lane changes without signaling, failing to stop at a red light and crossing into oncoming traffic, according to court records.

The deputy saw Carter push a brown paper bag under the driver's seat of the car 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant he was driving, the records say. Carter was arrested, the car was seized and a search warrant was obtained.

Inside the paper bag, detectives found a loaded handgun that had been reported stolen in 2010, court records show. Carter was charged in May with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the records.

On June 7, Carter was granted a conditional release from jail and ordered to report every weekday to the Community Center for Alternative Programs (CCAP) at 400 Yesler Way, according to court records. He failed to show up for two urine-analysis tests but was reinstated to the program on July 10, the records show.

A bench warrant was issued for Carter's arrest July 26 after several unexcused absences from CCAP classes, court records say.

Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com

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