Prosecutors say victim recorded his own slaying
King County prosecutors charged Drurell Collier, 28, with first-degree murder Thursday, accusing him of fatally shooting Excalibur Scott because Scott was using a cellphone camera to film a fist fight between Collier and another friend.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Excalibur Scott used his cellphone to record his friends preparing to fight each other but ended up capturing the last moments of his own life after he was shot in the chest by one of the combatants, according to King County prosecutors.
Drurell Collier was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in connection with Scott’s slaying Monday near White Center, just south of Seattle.
He was also charged with second-degree assault, accused of pressing a two-shot, .22-caliber Derringer handgun to the head of another friend, and residential burglary, for allegedly breaking into a nearby home and stealing a red sweatshirt as he fled the crime scene, charging papers say.
Collier is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail, according to prosecutors’ spokesman Dan Donohoe. He is to be arraigned June 11.
Collier and a friend bumped into Scott sometime before 4 p.m. Monday, and the three struck up a conversation in the 10700 block of Second Avenue South, charging papers say. Another friend rode up on a bicycle a short time later and confronted Collier, accusing the 28-year-old of stealing from one of his relatives, the papers say.
The friend on the bike and Collier agreed to fight each other to solve their disagreement, and Scott, 23, pulled out his cellphone to record the fight, charging papers say.
Collier became agitated that Scott was filming, first chastising then shoving him, the papers say.
According to charging documents, as the phone panned away, Collier reached into his pocket and can be heard twice saying, “You want something to film!” The phone then angled down and captured the shadows of Collier and Scott on the pavement, the papers say.
“From the shadows cast on the pavement, Collier can be seen extending his arm in Excalibur’s direction. The shape of a small handgun can clearly be seen extending from his hand,” a detective wrote in charging papers.
A single gunshot is heard on the recording, and the phone also “captured the image of Excalibur bending over in distress,”and “stumbling from the area,” the papers say.
A number of people witnessed the incident, the papers say. In addition, several residents reported to sheriff’s deputies that a man matching Collier’s description had run through their yards away from the shooting scene, according to the charges.
He was chased by the man who had challenged him to the fight, the papers say.
About 15 minutes after the first 911 call, deputies tried to speak with a man who they saw run behind a home in the 10800 block of Fifth Avenue South, then moments later, emerge out the front door of the same house, the papers say. Deputies arrested Collier and learned that the house belonged to his parents, who reported that a .22-caliber Derringer handgun was missing from their home, according to the papers.
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