Teen pleads ‘not guilty’ in murder

The 17-year-old accused of killing Manish Melwani at the Pit Stop on July 26th pleaded ‘not guilty’ to first-degree murder charges.

According to the Seattle Times, Elijah Hall was arraigned in King County Superior Court this morning. He is charged as an adult and could face 20 to 26 years in prison if convicted. Hall was arrested at a nearby house one day after the murder.

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chopper_74
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chopper_74

Confessed to shooting the clerk. Pleading not guilty to murder.
Apparently he and his lawyer want him to serve the high end of the sentencing range.
Works for me.

gooner
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gooner

i am no lawyer but he is going to have a little bit of a problem in this case me thinks.

pt
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pt

cmon! 20 years for gunning someone down? The kid will be 37 when he gets out . This is justice? If i was the clerks family I would be waiting on the doorstep of the jail 20 years from now and exact justice.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Correction, 20 years becomes 12-15 years max, and even sooner when the Gov. says we don't have the money to incarcerate anyone.

great idea
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great idea

yea, there's no way he will serve more time than his current age.

JM98107
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JM98107

Life in prison with no parole would insure the safety of the public.

Boardbrown
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Boardbrown

Hmmm, I wonder what his angle is here. I suppose if you confess to shooting but plead not guilty to muder, you're basically making the argument that you didn't intend to kill.

Totally lame. He'll get his, someday, some way.

RudyT
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RudyT

If he shot the clerk, he is guilty. Hope he gets the maximum sentence. There is NO excuse for this to happen.

Rounder
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Rounder

“Justice” system at work…

chopper_74
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chopper_74

I'd doubt it's his plan. The “public pretender” who he's saddled with is more likely to blame.
He has to plead not guilty. Otherwise, the prosecutor will get him on the cigarette butt that he tossed into the parking lot on his way out the door.
What a pitty…

Herbisara
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Herbisara

Oh my god. Are you sh*tting me? 20-26 years? THAT'S IT? How about some cement loafers and a long walk off a short pier? This makes me sick.

BTown
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BTown

Despite a life being taken, I really am curious how much something like this actually costs the tax payers.

Police car, Police hours, state lawyers, state judge, other people in court… penal(sp) system.

Maybe we should just bill criminals that are proven guilty. The Coast Guard gives you a bill if they come and save you, why not charge criminals for what they cost the state. Then when you are in prison you have to work off what you owe?

chopper_74
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chopper_74

No, the ACLU has deemed it to be 'cruel and inhumane'.
If you knock over a telephone pole in your car, you get a 5k (or larger) bill.
If you knock over a convenience store clerk…time served.
Hard labor camps would fix both sides of the justice system, but we don't have the balls to tell those wimps and weenies to STFU.
Oh, and the labor unions are afraid of being priced out of their labor market.
Another pity.

silence.kit
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silence.kit

So two wrongs make a right, then?

You're comfortable sinking to his level?

Midwest
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Midwest

How can Elijah Hall confess to shooting Manish Melwani, but submit a not guilty plea?

He's already admitted to the crime, intention notwithstanding!

chopper_74
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chopper_74

There's only one wrong here, well two, if I include you.
And I'm not going to even doubt your “this level” comment, apparently, you'd know better than I what that is.

silence.kit
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silence.kit

“…if I include you.”

Does your wit know no bounds?

It would be wrong of the victim's family to shoot this person after they went to prison and did their time, even if that time was too brief. This is the system we have. If you don't accept it, and choose to act outside of it, you're in the wrong, okay Batman?

And by his level, I meant, the level of a murderer, because that is what someone would be if they shot the kid when he got out of prison.

Corbeau
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Corbeau

No big surprise. Keep in mind this is the same court system that gave a guy ZERO prison time and no charges on his record after he ran over and killed a pedestrian even though it wasn't the first time he'd hit someone with his car and even though he didn't think he did anything wrong. Given that sort of insanity why is anyone surprised that this guy is only going to get at most 26 years? Seems like King Country is trying to send a message: violently taking someone's life doesn't warrant serious prison time.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Well, not having the luxury of crawling into your head, or pt's, I have to rely on mine.
And yes, my wit knows no bounds. Thank you.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

We hope we keep it mind. And we hope we realize that we elect judges, and lawmakers, so please, keep it that in mind as well.

great idea
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great idea

which judge should I vote for then?

Robert D. Kelly

or

Anne L. Ellington

seattlemedic7
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seattlemedic7

Why can't we follow California.

California has one of the toughest gun laws in the nation, “10-20-Life — Use a Gun, and You're Done.” The law imposes mandatory sentences for criminals who use guns while attempting or committing violent crimes like murder, rape or robbery.

Those who ignore the law are sentenced to 10 years for pulling a gun, 20 years for firing a gun and 25 years to life for shooting someone.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

If you allow someone else, especially myself, to tell you who to vote for, you have relinquished your right to vote.
Google both, read their summaries, one is an acting justice, the other wants the seat. Form your own decision.

Jeff
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Jeff

Anne Ellington, the incumbent. Robert Kelly is absolutely unqualified. I usually don't suggest comparing websites to choose who to vote for, but in this case it's very informative:

http://www.judgeanneellington.com/
http://home.comcast.net/~robert_d_kelly/

But Judge Ellington is an appeals court judge, so she doesn't preside over trials.

Jesse
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Jesse

pity.
one 't'.

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