EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a man charged with killing a 15-year-old Seattle high school student in 2013 have heard the anguished screams of friends who called 911 after the girl was shot while walking along a dark road.

Molly Conley was celebrating her birthday with friends in the Snohomish County city of Lake Stevens on June 1, 2013, when she was fatally shot.

Prosecutors contend the shot was fired from a passing vehicle by Erick Walker of Marysville, who is charged with first-degree murder and related counts.

Investigators never found the bullet that killed Conley and her friends didn’t get a good look at the shooter, but Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Ed Stemler told jurors as trial began Monday that Walker was responsible for a “gut-wrenching tragedy.”

Defense lawyer Mark Mestel says his client is an innocent man who became a convenient suspect for police under pressure to solve a high-profile case.

 

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