Marissa Elizabeth Wallen (left) at an Everett District Court bail hearing last week. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)

Marissa Elizabeth Wallen (left) at an Everett District Court bail hearing last week. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)

Woman charged in alleged sex-for-hire shooting and robbery

The woman said the victim was “performing wrong.” She is charged with assault, robbery and theft.

EVERETT — An alleged escort is now facing three felony charges after an Everett man was shot twice in the head Oct. 21 and left for dead.

Marissa Elizabeth Wallen, 21, was charged Monday in Everett District Court with one count each of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and first-degree theft.

The two-page criminal complaint filed Monday provides only the barest details about the allegations. Snohomish County prosecutors have until Dec. 1 to refile the case in Superior Court.

Everett police detectives arrested Wallen last week in a case that has attracted attention from around the globe. That interest largely has been driven by claims that Wallen told detectives she shot the man in the back of the head “because he was performing (a sex act) wrong,” court papers show.

Evidence shows Wallen was hired for sex by an Everett man, 36, police said in a probable cause statement. The man was found in his Hawthorne Street apartment three days after being shot, alive but unable to speak. At the hospital, a scan found two bullets lodged in his head.

Detectives say Wallen had visited the man five times last month. Security cameras caught her running from the apartment the evening of the shooting, according to court papers.

They say she stole the victim’s wallet and spent $12,000 of his money. Three of his credit cards had been charged 82 times in Mount Vernon and Burlington from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5.

Store security cameras showed Wallen using the cards, according to police.

She initially denied involvement but later admitted the man had been paying her for sex and that she’d shot him and left him for dead, police said. She allegedly said the shooting occurred while they were engaged in sexual activity.

Wallen on Monday remained in the county jail in Everett, her bail set at $1 million.

Scott North: 425-339-3431; north@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snorthnews.

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