CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUPS: From 3 West Seattle cases’ court files

We’re continuing to track various West Seattle crime cases through the court system, and have three updates:

WESTCREST PARK MURDER CASE: The trial date for the three defendants in last September’s Westcrest Park murder of 15-year-old Derek Juarez-Lopez has been changed again. Now Diego Carballo-Olivares, Elizabeth Cabrera-Aparicio, and Jonatan Islas-Martinez are scheduled for trial in July, depending on how a trial-readiness hearing goes on May 11th. Court documents say defense lawyers requested the extra time because they have dozens of potential witnesses – including law-enforcement personnel – to interview.

ADMIRAL STABBING CASE: A new trial date also has been set for Kierra Ward, charged with two counts of assault in the October stabbing of a woman walking with her baby. Ward is now scheduled to go on trial April 25th, depending on how her next trial-readiness hearing goes – that’s set for April 13th. She remains in King County Jail, in lieu of $400,000 bail.

WARRANT FOR BURGLARY/CAR PROWL SUSPECT: Four weeks ago, we reported on charges filed against Nicholas Watson, arrested in mid-February at an Upper Morgan one-time nuisance house that had since been renovated and readied for sale, found with what was described as loot from car prowls. It was his fourth arrest this year but first time he’d been charged. Checking on his case, we found court documents showing that Watson requested a bail reduction at his March 1st arraignment and was released from jail, on grounds he would participate in the CCAP program. Now a warrant is out for his arrest. Terms of the program included reporting for classes every weekday; court documents say he stopped reporting five days after he was released.

13 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUPS: From 3 West Seattle cases' court files"

  • Under Achiever March 19, 2018 (6:15 am)

    Mr. Watson must have had second thoughts participating in the CCAP program.

    Surprise, surprise, surprise…

  • lox March 19, 2018 (9:24 am)

    Still heartbroken at the senseless loss of Derek. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

  • Concerned March 19, 2018 (9:56 am)

    4th time arrested this year, first time charged…… Awesome

  • prayforrain March 19, 2018 (10:26 am)

    In the linked article it says he was charged before.  Were the charges dropped?  

    Still, I agree.  4 times?  

    • WSB March 19, 2018 (10:44 am)

      Those were the charges filed in this same case. This update isn’t about new charges, it’s about the warrant now out for him in this case because he stopped showing up to CCAP (which I discovered while checking on the status of the case and a dozen-plus other cases we are following).

  • KT March 19, 2018 (10:58 am)

    …”Terms of the program included reporting for classes every weekday; court documents say he stopped reporting five days after he was released…”  Gasp!   Shock!  The revolving door of the criminal justice systems spins ever faster. 

    • Levity March 19, 2018 (11:32 am)

      Maybe he was released on a Monday!

      • WSB March 19, 2018 (11:34 am)

        March 1st was a Thursday.

  • Question Authority March 19, 2018 (1:57 pm)

    On a separate but similar note that’s all the more reason to not support the L.E.A.D. program because of its lack of accountability, basically you get to keep doing drugs and not take up jail space if you promise to at least try to not steal. Sure!

    • Concerned March 19, 2018 (3:56 pm)

      Every story I’ve read on the WSB involving some kind of drug treatment deferred prosecution has ended in failure

  • Orchard March 19, 2018 (8:38 pm)

    Our car was stolen from in front of our house in mid-November. Car was recovered after a chase in Kent and they arrested a suspect, Taylor Scott Reese, who is “known to authorities”. We recovered our car from the tow yard and after repairs we were out $800 bucks. Cleaned the car after finding needles and other paraphernalia. Court records show Mr. Reese has been released several times for CCAP but he doesn’t show.

  • sam-c March 20, 2018 (9:56 am)

    The ‘system’ is so disappointingly broken    

  • MJ March 20, 2018 (6:17 pm)

    Maybe its time to bring back chain gangs to clean up streets, graffiti, illegal camp sites et al.  

    Regarding Kierra Ward she needs to stay behind bars the rest of her life, she assaulted a mother with a knife while she was walking with her child.  This type of crime deserves maximum penalty.

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