WALLA WALLA — A defendant pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to helping a man leave the area of an Eastgate shooting in April.
Lucas M. Hancock, 19, of 816 Figueroa St., is set for trial Sept. 12 and 13 on the felony charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.
Police believe Hancock gave Shawn A. Crump a ride following the April 13 shooting of Blake D. Nelson, 26, in an alley behind the 1700 block of Portland Ave.
Crump pleaded guilty last week to first-degree rendering criminal assistance and is facing up to 17 months in prison when he’s sentenced.
He admitted he initially deceived police by saying he wasn’t near the shooting, but later acknowledged he was at the scene.
Officials said Crump, Nelson and Timothy T. Parlor arrived in the alley in Nelson’s car about 3 a.m. Parlor pulled a .22-caliber handgun and shot Nelson in the chest, hand and head, according to police.
Parlor and Crump then reportedly ran to a nearby residence where, Crump claims, he phoned Hancock and asked Hancock to pick him up. Police believe Hancock knew the shooting had occurred.
Nelson was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police said the shooting might have been drug-related.
Crump, 21, was arrested April 14; Parlor, 19, was taken into custody two days later.
Parlor is in the County Jail awaiting trial on a first-degree assault charge with bail set at $250,000.
Hancock was arrested at his residence July 15. He is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Terry McConn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.