In a rare move, a Thurston County Superior Court judge set bail at $1 million for a 24-year-old suspect arrested in connection with a Lacey shooting death, despite the state requesting a lower bail amount.
Following Judge Chris Lanese’s decision, a woman in the courtroom, presumed to be the victim's mother, yelled at the screen projecting the suspect's image to the courtroom.
“Amen,” she said. “You killed my son.”
The judge found probable cause to charge Terell L. D. Doyle, 24, with second-degree murder and unlawful possession of heroin.
Deputy Thurston County Prosecutor Ali Abid requested bail be set at $750,000, and that if bail was posted, Doyle surrender any firearms he may possess. Abid also asked that he have no contact with identified witnesses in the case.
Public Defense Attorney Jenna Norden asked the court to set bail at $100,000, saying that Doyle has been receiving ongoing treatment for mental health in the area.
But Lanese didn’t grant either sides’ request. Instead, he raised bail to $1 million.
“The court has great concerns about public safety and other matters,” Lanese said. “Not only given the seriousness of the crime, but also the manner in which the crime is alleged to have occurred.”
If Doyle does indeed post bail, Lanese said, then he will be supervised by pretrial services.
Doyle has a criminal history, most of which occurred as a juvenile, Norden said. She said it has been seven years since Doyle’s last criminal conviction, which came in 2011.
Doyle’s arraignment is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 17 in Thurston County Superior Court.
Charging documents give the following account of Tuesday's incident:
About 3 am. Tuesday, Lacey police responded to a 911 call in the 4900 block of Cottage Lane Southeast after a report of a fight. Once they arrived, they found three people at the residence, including Bishop F. McKinney, 28, who was lying face up on the living room floor with a gunshot wound to his chest.
Lacey police and Lacey Fire District 3 medics attempted to revive the man, but he died at the scene.
The two other people at the residence, a man and woman, were questioned by police. The 24-year-old man said he and McKinney had gotten into a fight, then struggled over a gun that the man said was McKinney's.
The dispute, according to Lacey police, was over an iPad and cell phone.
The 24-year-old said he shot McKinney but only in self defense.