Man charged with murder of Shoreline teenager turns himself in

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Joseph Cooley
turned himself in
As reported by our News Partners KING5.com and The Seattle Times, 20 year old Joseph Cooley turned himself in to the King County Jail as of early hours of Monday.

Cooley was charged with murder and attempted murder in the shootings of Lake Forest Park resident Tiana Montgomery, and Shoreline resident Darrold Edwards.  Tiana, a 17 year old Shorecrest student, was taken to Harborview but died of her injuries. Darrold, a senior at Shorewood, was reportedly shot seven times but is expected to recover.

The teenaged cousins were shot shortly after midnight Wednesday in the parking lot of the Maplewood Court apartments in the 300 block of NW Richmond Beach Road Drive in Shoreline. The teens were “in or around their vehicle” when the gunfire erupted.. 

On Friday, an arrest warrant and felony charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder were filed against Cooley in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors have asked that he remain held in lieu of $2 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on May 31.

According to The Times, "A witness told investigators that Cooley opened fire because he believed he had been disrespected by one of the victims, according to charges."

KING5.com says the dispute may have been over a $50 cell phone.

"According to court papers, prosecutors said Cooley shot the pair in a dispute over a cell phone. 
"Montgomery may have been shot accidentally as Cooley fired at Edwards. 
" 'This cell phone issue was like a $50 phone," said Tiana's aunt, Tana Yasu-Montgomery, in an interview Friday. "Now we [will] never ever be able to hear Tiana's voice and see that smile.' "


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