Docs: Suspect told police group decided on robbery at Kelso store after scrubbed drug deal
Nenemeny Ekiek, charged with robbery and murder, was quiet during his first appearance in front of a Cowlitz County judge.
Court records show the 21-year-old suspect confessed to his involvement with the crime when questioned by investigators.
Court documents say Ekiek told police on Jan. 22, he, D'Anthony Williams, and Erkinson Kinisou Bossy drove up to Kelso to buy drugs. When they couldn't connect with the seller, they decided to commit a robbery because they "didn't want to make the drive to Kelso for nothing."
At 4:12 a.m., Kayla Chapman called 911 saying she had been robbed and shot.
Surveillance video showed the 30-year-old clerk complying with the man, who covered his face with a red bandana and a hat, but was shot after handing him a pack of Newport cigarettes.
A day after the shooting, Williams was arrested on robbery and murder charges. Court documents say he did not cooperate with investigators.
Ekiek told police, according to court documents, that Williams handed him the bandana and hat back after the robbery, along with cigarettes, and his share of the money -- about $100.
All three of the suspects are off the streets. Kelso police did not reply to KATU News inquiry on when Bossy would be transported to Cowlitz County for his first court appearance.
"Today, it's felt like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders," said Angel Daggett, Chapman's boss and friend. "It doesn't bring complete closure. Nothing will ever bring closure. It was a slap in the face to our whole community."
Chapman had given her work notice that she was ready to leave the job, and friends say she had signed a lease to move to a ranch in Chehalis.
"She was ready to take the next step, the next chapter," said April Williams, one of Chapman's closest friends. "She was going to live out her dream, finally, and be with animals. So, it's just tough because she was so young."