Man pleads guilty to shooting one of his Edmonds roommates

Derrick Elijah “Wiz” Crawford, 22, evaded police for about 10 days and was found hiding in Everett.

Derrick Elijah “Wiz” Crawford. (Edmonds Police Department)

Derrick Elijah “Wiz” Crawford. (Edmonds Police Department)

EVERETT — An Edmonds man pleaded guilty Friday to fatally shooting one of his roommates Jan. 6.

Derrick Elijah “Wiz” Crawford, 22, faces anywhere from roughly 14 years to more than 22 years in prison after the second-degree murder plea.

Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a low-end punishment at sentencing, now scheduled for March 19.

Crawford admitted he shot Joshua Werner, 27, intending to kill him, according to documents filed in Snohomish County Superior Court.

The pair had been arguing in an upstairs bedroom at the home they and others shared in the 17700 block of 76th Avenue W in Edmonds. Crawford reportedly came downstairs and “mumbled to himself, ‘If I go up there again, I’m going to kill somebody.’” About 10 minutes later, witnesses said, there was a gunshot.

Crawford fled and evaded capture for about 10 days. Tips led police to a home in Everett, where he was hiding in a closet.

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