Pair charged with first-degree murder in Everett shooting

A second man was shot during a robbery last week. He is expected to survive.

EVERETT — Two people have been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of a man in north Everett last week.

Prosecutors allege Edmond Overton, 24, shot two men during a robbery. One man was hit in the ear with the bullet lodging between his scalp and skull. He is expected to survive.

Darren Larson, 55, was shot in the back. He died at the scene, located in the 1600 block of 22nd Street.

Overton remains held on $1.5 million bail. His girlfriend, Vanessa Grimmett, is believed to be an accomplice. The 18-year-old allegedly told police she knew Overton was planning the heist and had obtained a gun several days before the homicide. She’s jailed on $1 million bail.

The pair reportedly targeted Grimmett’s aunt’s apartment, according to court papers. People allegedly told police that Overton and Grimmett had been talking about the robbery before and after it happened.

Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Katie Wetmore charged the couple in Everett District Court. She has until Nov. 9 to refile the charges into Superior Court.

The man who survived the shooting told police he was confronted in the apartment by an armed man. He was clobbered in the head with a pistol and ordered to fork over drugs and money.

The suspect was leaving when he ran into Larson. Larson grabbed the robber’s arms. He let go and raised his hands when the suspect flashed a handgun, according to police reports.

That’s when the other man used a stun gun to deliver an electric shock to the robber, police were told.

Gunfire broke out.

Overton reportedly told at least one person that he fired the gun by accident after receiving the electric shock.

A witness saw the robber run from the scene and told officers “the suspect’s style of walking” made him believe it was Overton.

Police caught up with Overton and Grimmett at a Seattle hotel.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.

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