Jury convicts Marysville man of murder in invasion robbery
The Marysville man was convicted for shooting a man during an Everett home-invasion robbery.
A Snohomish County jury late Monday afternoon convicted Eric "Icky" Lowe of first-degree murder and three other felonies. Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes following a week-long trial.
Lowe is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 23.
Prosecutors allege that Lowe and his friend Jeffrey Cleator Jr. forced their way into Alonzo Lopez-Gonzalez's apartment on Aug. 13. Lopez-Gonzalez was a suspected heroin dealer and known to carry large amounts of cash.
He was pistol-whipped while the intruders demanded money and drugs, according to court papers.
Lopez-Gonzalez, 22, attempted to flee from his attackers. He was shot in the back after either being pushed or jumping from his second-story balcony at the Bluffs Apartments. He died at a local hospital.
Prosecutors accused Lowe of pulling the trigger.
A witness testified that Lowe was covered in blood when he and Cleator barged into his apartment shortly after the shooting. The man told jurors that Lowe dumped a gun on his floor and changed his clothes before running out.
Cleator was sentenced last week to 14 years in prison for burglary and attempted robbery charges. Investigators don't believe he had a part in the shooting.
Lowe and Cleator were believed to be members of the Waco Boys, an Everett-based gang whose members were indicted on federal drug charges last year.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; email@example.com.
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