FOLLOWUP: First-degree murder charge filed against Anna Kasparova in West Seattle shooting death of Edixon Velasquez

2:42 PM: Just in from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office: 21-year-old Anna V. Kasparova is charged with first-degree murder in Tuesday night’s West Seattle shooting death of her 25-year-old former boyfriend Edixon Velasquez, and prosecutors are asking that her bail be doubled to $1 million. We’re reading the charging documents now and will be adding details as we go. More…

2:57 PM: The details in the charging documents are largely the same as those in the probable-cause documents that we reported after Kasparova’s bail hearing Thursday afternoon, saying that she had messaged Mr. Velasquez saying she wanted to meet with him at his house but did not want to come inside, and that after he went out, ostensibly to help her park her car, a man walked up to it, pulled him out, and after that man ran away and Kasparova drove her car away, Mr. Velasquez was on the ground with two gunshot wounds. The account of what was shown on a neighbor’s surveillance video, however, has a few additional details:

This video shows a black sedan drive by Velasquez’s residence two times (driving off camera each time) and returning a third time. At this time, the black sedan, without trouble, pulls into a parking spot just across the street from the victim’s residence. It remains there for approximately 45 seconds, when it inexplicably moves out of that parking spot and back into the street. The black sedan then attempts to parallel park in front of Velasquez’s residence. This new parking spot is quite large (at least two car lengths long) yet the black sedan stops partially in the street. Approximately a minute later, Velasquez comes out of his residence and walks up to the driver’s side of the black sedan. A female gets out of the driver’s seat, and Velasquez gets into the driver’s seat and appears to help park the vehicle. The female curiously walks across the street and some yards away, appearing to take cover behind a parked vehicle. Simultaneously, a male in a hooded jacket or sweatshirt and blue jeans comes into camera view and walks right up to the driver’s door of the black sedan. The male appears to open the driver’s door and pull Velasquez out of the car. There appears to be barely a struggle, as Velasquez falls to the ground (and remains there until police arrive). The hooded male runs away on foot while the female appears to calmly walk back over towards Velasquez. The timing is such that the female and the hooded male actually cross paths, neither appearing to be startled or concerned by the other. The female walks right up to Velasquez’s body, making no attempt to help him or check on his well-being. Instead, she immediately gets back into the black sedan and drives away.

The charging document offers no further information about the possible identity of the other suspect, nor about a motive. But prosecutors summarize the information above in their document as, “the defendant appears to have set the victim up for this murder, luring him out of his home with a ruse.” They argue for the increased bail by saying, “The State believes that the violent and premeditated ambush in this case, coupled with the defendant’s utter lack of remorse, is strong evidence that the defendant poses a significant danger to the community.” She is scheduled to be arraigned – the hearing at which an initial plea is entered – on October 5th.

7:38 PM: The King County Jail roster listing for Kasparova indicates that the judge did indeed grant the request to double her bail, which is now listed there as $1,000,000. In addition, there’s an indication that police do know the identity of someone else being sought in the case – a name is listed as “accomplice” on the “superform” sent with the charging documents, but there are no details about that person, no information on what role they are believed to have played, nor are they listed on the jail roster, which we’re continuing to watch. Also, a commenter on an earlier story mentioned that this GoFundMe page is raising money for memorial expenses.

14 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: First-degree murder charge filed against Anna Kasparova in West Seattle shooting death of Edixon Velasquez"

  • waikikigirl September 22, 2017 (2:56 pm)

    Bravo on the bail amount!

  • Patricia Washington September 22, 2017 (3:24 pm)

    So glad she is staying in jail, it’s so sad to see the cold heart in a person. 

  • WSB September 22, 2017 (4:19 pm)

    All: Please don’t attempt to post speculation or links re: social media, re: the suspect and/or the victim. As has been shown in countless cases across the country, you can wind up sliming someone who is not involved at all – even if the name and hometown seem to be the same – might be a different person, or might be the same person but using a photo that is not really them – etc. – WSB is a news site of 10 years’ standing and our comments are archived by search engines just the same way the stories above them are, so we attempt to parse for known false information, but have no way to verify the truth of what somebody posted on s/m, or what you say they did. If you think you’ve found something that might be helpful to police, PLEASE point them directly to it. (Tip line: 206-233-5000. Also, our Crime Watch page has a link to the latest “anonymous tip” method.)

    So far, we have published absolutely everything police and prosecutors are saying publicly about the case, and also watching official channels including the jail register, court files, etc.

    Thank you – TR

  • Joan September 22, 2017 (4:21 pm)

    This person needs to be in prison for life. No doubt she will be.

  • Lee September 22, 2017 (4:29 pm)

    Good move re: increased bail.  Now, let’s find suspect #2.  RIP Edixon.

  • CandrewB September 22, 2017 (6:15 pm)

    I wonder if she actually thought she could get away with this master plan.

  • Elle Nell September 22, 2017 (6:29 pm)

    Unbelievable. 

  • jayjayb74 September 22, 2017 (8:36 pm)

    It is really sad. I believe she has a small child as well. 

  • Admiral Mom September 22, 2017 (11:08 pm)

    Thank you TR for keeping this space clean of hurtful comments and speculation. This is such a tragedy. My heart goes out to the victim’s family and friends 

  • Lynne Medina September 23, 2017 (10:06 am)

    I met this wonderful man once in front of Thriftway. I walked past a car and noticed a Puerto Rican flag hanging from the rearview mirror. I looked up and there was Mr. Velasquez opening the door. He looked up and smiled. I was lit up by his energy and warmth. He was wearing Red Sox gear from top to bottom. I said, ” Hey! I am a Puerto Rican Red Sox fan, too!”. He said, “Okay, mami! Give me a hug!”. How could I not? I have thought about him frequently since that great moment. I am terribly sad to see his beautiful face again but connected to this horrible story. To all his family and friends, take comfort in knowing he is widely recognized as being a loving and giving man. Rest in peace, papi. Thanks for the hug.

    • Krista C. September 24, 2017 (3:07 pm)

      Oh, my, I love your story. Thank you for sharing, Lynne. 

  • Glen September 24, 2017 (3:11 pm)

    Personas como ella no kieren anadien nose kiere ni a ella misma mucho menos a otra persona pirq si ella supiera amar no hubiese hecho lo que iso nose puso a pensar en su bebe el daño k le aria a esta persona y su familia 

    Perra desgraciada mereces lo peor del mundo 

  • JM October 2, 2017 (9:08 pm)

    WSB, do you have any update on this case? 

    • WSB October 2, 2017 (9:25 pm)

      In Kasparova’s case, there’s not going to be anything new until her arraignment, which is Thursday, and those are usually routine, short hearings at which a plea (invariably “not guilty”) is entered. She’s still in jail, in lieu of $1 million bail. I check the jail register at least once daily and so far, no one else has been booked in connection with this case (since we have one other homicide with at least one suspect outstanding, I also check simply for anyone being booked in connection with homicide). – TR

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