Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Man, 21, charged in shooting after book-release party

By Seattle Times staff

King County prosecutors filed charges today against a 21-year-old Federal Way man in connection with a fatal shooting after a book-release party last month.

Lovelychild Manuel is accused of killing DeVon Guidry, 24, of Renton, after an April 13 party celebrating the release of a book about the rise of hip-hop star Dr. Dre. The King County Medical Examiner's Office said Guidry, who was among nearly 300 people who attended the event, was shot once in the head and once in the chest.

Manuel was arrested April 16 after tipsters contacted authorities to tell police his whereabouts, according to court charging papers. Manuel, who police say is a gang member, has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree assault.

Manuel is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

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