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Two Skagit County Teens Arrested in Murder-For-Hire Shooting

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Bellevue, WA – Two Skagit County teens have been arrested along with a 30-year old Mount Lake Terrace woman in connection with a murder-for-hire plot that left the woman’s ex-husband with nine gunshot wounds to his body outside a Bellevue apartment complex on the morning of July 10th.

According to probable cause affidavits of arrest, around 8:25 a.m. on the morning of July 10th, a 48-year old man was headed to his car outside of the Overlook at Lakemont Apartments in Bellevue.  An unknown assailant allegedly approached him and fired at him multiple times at close range before fleeing the scene. The man was shot nine times including in his legs, arms and chest.

The man told detectives that he was “unaware of anyone who would have a motive or desire to kill him other than his ex-wife.”  The man told detectives that “they were in a very acrimonious custody battle that also included financial motives for (his wife) to want to have sole custody of their child.”

Witnesses to the shooting helped detectives determine the shooter had fled in a pickup truck and a video camera captured the vehicle’s license plate as it fled the scene.  During the course of the investigation, Detectives tracked the truck to the registered owner in the City of Mount Vernon.   The owner of the truck’s 17-year old son later told investigators that his friend, another 17-year old City of Mount Vernon teen, had agreed to pay the teen between $4,000 and $6,000 for driving down to the shooting location.

During further investigation, Detectives learned that the “friend” was going to be paid “over $13,000” and allegedly told his friend who drove the truck “that he was going to cap someone and empty a clip.” according to the arrest affidavit.

After executing a search warrant, detectives learned that the victims ex-wife had purchased a GPS tracking device and attached it to the undercarriage of the victims car. On the night before the shooting took place, the alleged shooter forwarded an email to himself that contained a link to login to the GPS tracking device.

The woman is being held in lieu of a $2 million dollar bail at the King County Jail. The two teens are being held at the Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center.  The three have not been officially charged, but charging decisions are expected by Tuesday.  The teens are expected to most likely be charged as adults.

Additional Details will be released as they become available.

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