Trial in rendering criminal assistance case postponed

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WALLA WALLA — This week’s trial for a suspect accused of helping a man leave the area of an Eastgate shooting in April has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Lucas M. Hancock, 19, of 816 Figueroa St., now is set for trial Jan. 6 and 7 on the felony charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

The proceedings had been scheduled to begin Wednesday, but were reset when Hancock signed a waiver of his right to a speedy trial.

He was arrested July 15, but released last month after a bail bond was posted.

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, who was not the shooter, pleaded guilty in July to first-degree rendering criminal assistance for lying to authorities. He admitted he initially deceived police by saying he wasn’t in the area, but later acknowledged he was at the scene.

He was sentenced to 13 months in prison.

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 have not released a specific motive for the shooting.

Crump, 21, was arrested April 14; Parlor, 19, was taken into custody two days later.

Parlor is in the County Jail awaiting trial Oct. 29 on a first-degree assault charge with bail set at $250,000.

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