EPHRATA - A jury trial is underway for a Warden man accused of shooting and injuring a man at Montlake Park in Moses Lake early last year.
Zachary Skone is facing charges of first-degree assault and first degree robbery, both carrying firearm enhancements, two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of attempting to bribe a witness, which was added by prosecutors on Monday.
Court records show the then 18-year-old victim had agreed to meet with a 17-year-old male near Montlake Park on Jan. 14, 2018 to sell the person prescription codeine syrup. The victim’s girlfriend told police they arrived at the park and saw a white, single-cab pickup truck at the end of the cul-de-sac. The victim got out of the car and met the 17-year-old near the truck, according to Moses Lake police.
Police say Skone then came out from the bushes and began shooting at the victim multiple times.
The victim told police Skone yelled “don’t (expletive) move.” The victim says he turned to run and was shot in the back.
Skone had reportedly been contacted by police Jan. 13 and was known to drive a white, single-cab pickup truck. Police say he was contacted at an apartment on Ashley way known to be frequented by gang members.
Skone, who has remained incarcerated on $500,000 bail, has reportedly violated multiple jail rules and has spent considerable time in lockdown. Jail staff found Skone had used other inmates in alleged attempts to tamper and bribe the victim. Investigators claim they have intercepted a number of jail phone recordings, and Skone used someone to pass on a message to the shooting victim, claiming the victim would be paid $10,000 if he did not show up to testify in the trial, according to court records.
Jail records dated Dec. 2, 2018 show Skone had more than two dozen violations in jail which jail staff states is a “complete disregard for the rules and regulations” of the facility.