The way he walked led police to Everett murder suspect

Then, witnesses said they had heard the man and an alleged accomplice talking about a robbery.

EVERETT — A man’s distinctive gait appears to have played a role in him being arrested in connection with an Oct. 17 shooting that left one dead and another wounded.

Edmond C. Overton, 24, was ordered held on $1.5 million bail for investigation of aggravated murder and assault. An alleged accomplice, Vanessa Marie Joy Grimmett, 18, also had bail set at $1 million during hearings Monday in Everett District Court.

The two are suspected in a fatal robbery early last week at a north Everett apartment.

The gunman was described as tall and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. A witness saw him running from the scene, and told officers that “the suspect’s style of walking” made him believe the robber was Overton.

He knew Overton because the man had been dating Grimmett, whose aunt lived at the apartment, according to a probable cause statement filed with the court by an Everett police detective.

Police also said they spoke with people who claimed that Overton and Grimmett had been talking about the robbery, before and after it occurred. Detectives tracked them to a north Seattle hotel where they were arrested Friday.

The alleged target of the robbery, a 38-year-old man, told police that he was confronted in the home by a man with a firearm. He was struck in the head with a pistol and ordered to hand over drugs and money.

The robber was leaving the apartment when he ran into the man’s roommate, Darren D. Larson, 55. Larson grabbed the robber but let go and raised his hands when shown the handgun, the report said.

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

The 38-year-old man was shot in the head, with the bullet traveling between his skull and scalp. He was expected to survive.

Larson was shot in the back. The bullet reached his heart and he died at the scene, police said.

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

He has prior convictions as a juvenile, including the 2010 robbery of a teen who was threatened with a machete and ordered to surrender his cellphone.

Grimmett allegedly told police that she knew Overton was planning the north Everett robbery and that he had obtained a firearm ahead of time. She reportedly went along with him to the location anyway.

“She knew what defendant Overton was going to do and she stayed,” deputy prosecuting attorney Martha Saracino said. “She’s just as liable for his actions.”

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