Charges: Teen was showing off gun before fatal shooting

Published: Aug. 7, 2016 at 6:38 PM AKDT
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A young man charged with manslaughter in the death of another Anchorage teen was showing off a gun, according to others police say were in the car at the time.

Deandrew Lee Jennings Walker-Webster II”>pleaded not guilty to manslaughter Saturday in court

, as charging documents shed light on the crime that left 17-year-old Xeryus Tate dead.

Court documents say that Tate had been driving his 1995 Honda Accord near the area of 4th Avenue and Newell Street early on the morning of Sunday, July 31. A witness saw the car stop, and Tate exited from the driver’s door, and collapsed in the street. Two passengers from the car fled; two remained at the scene.

The criminal complaint against Walker-Webster says that he was one of the two witnesses who stayed at the scene. Walker-Webster told officers that two white males had been in the back seat with him, and that one of them got into an argument with Tate, and “just shot him.”

The other passenger who stayed at the scene, who is a minor, did not provide a statement on what happened to police.

When police obtained a warrant to search the car, they found a single 9 mm shell casing on the floor behind the driver’s seat, and a hole through the driver’s seat from back to front. An autopsy revealed that Tate had a single gunshot wound from behind.

Late on the evening of the 31st, a juvenile who said he had fled from the vehicle came forward to tell police what had happened.

This witness says Tate had picked him up in the car, and identified the two passengers who had stayed at the scene, and provided a first name of the other teen who had fled, who was later contacted by APD.

The two teens’ accounts differed slightly from each other, regarding when they joined the group, but the second teen told police that all five young men had been hanging out at a trailer in the trailer park near 6th Avenue and Newell Street, with a female. As they all smoked marijuana, the teen says the female had been showing off a handgun, before the five young men left.

Both teens’ stories agreed that Tate was driving in the trailer court when Walker-Webster, who they said was seated directly behind Tate, pulled a black handgun out. One of the teens identified the gun as a 9 mm.

The teens said Walker-Webster began playing with it or showing it off. The second teen thought Walker-Webster had stolen it from the female at the trailer. Both teens said they told him to put the gun away, when it went off. Tate, who they called “Iggy,” indicated that he’d been hit by the shot, stopped the car, took a couple of steps, and fell to the ground.

The teens said they took off running and eventually went their separate ways. The second teen said that neither he, nor the other teen who ran, had taken the gun from the scene.

The court documents say the gun that fired the fatal shot has not been recovered.