Trial rescheduled in Eastgate shooting

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WALLA WALLA — This week’s trial proceedings for two men suspected in last spring’s shooting in an alley behind the 1700 block of Portland Avenue have been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Shawn A. Crump, 21, and Timothy T. Parlor, 19, had been scheduled to face a jury starting Tuesday on one count each of first-degree assault.

But Crump’s trial is reset to start July 29; Parlor’s is expected to begin Oct. 21.

The defendants are accused of taking part in the April 13 shooting of Blake D. Nelson, 26, who suffered .22-caliber gunshot wounds to his chest, hand and head, reportedly while in his car in the Portland Avenue alley.

Police said he arrived there about 3 a.m. with Parlor and Crump, who were passengers. Statements given to authorities by the three men conflict, but either Parlor or Crump allegedly pulled a handgun and shot Nelson.

The suspects fled and, a short time later, Nelson staggered into Aziz Chevron, 1916 Isaacs Ave., and was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a police report filed in court.

Parlor told officials he went home after Crump shot Nelson. But Crump pegged Parlor as the shooter and said they both ran to a nearby residence.

An unnamed witness there reportedly is maintaining that both men were at the house, acted agitated and made statements indicating Parlor could have pulled the trigger.

Crump was arrested April 14; Parlor was taken into custody two days later. Bail for each was set at $250,000.

Police did not release a specific motive for the shooting, but said it might have been drug-related.

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