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Murder trial begins in killing of 12-year-old Alajawan Brown
The defense team of the man charged with killing 12-year-old Alajawan Brown will try to prove that another man actually killed the Skyway boy in April 2010.
The trial of Curtis John Walker of Kent got under way this week in King County Superior Court in downtown Seattle. He is charged with first-degree murder; since his arrest he has been jailed in Seattle on $5 million bail.
A jury of 15 was seated Wednesday, including three alternates.
It was the opening arguments on Wednesday that set the stage for what the jury and the public would hear in the courtroom during the next three weeks or so.
Alajawan died after he was shot in the back while walking home from a bus stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. He had just bought new football cleats at Walmart for a sport he loved.
Gunfire had erupted at an apartment complex on South 129th Street. Walker drove off from that complex toward the 7-11 store on Martin Luther King Way.
Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Berliner in her opening arguments said that Walker got out of his wife’s Cadillac and shot twice at Alajawan, hitting him once. Alajawan survived long enough to run to the 7-11 parking lot.
“He decided to kill him,” said Berliner, in arguing Walker’s action was premeditated.
Alajawan was dressed in blue, the gang color of the Crips, and his shooting was in retaliation for a shooting just a few minutes earlier, Berliner argued. The child was not a gang member.
“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Berliner said of Alajawan.
But one of Walker’s attorney’s, Jerry Stimmel, argued that Alajawan was shot by Rodrigues Rabun, who was also at the apartment complex with Walker.