Bail set at $2 million for Tacoma teen accused of murder

Bail set at $2 million for Tacoma teen accused of murder
James "JJ" Stimson Jr
TACOMA, Wash. -- A Tacoma teenager wanted in connection with a November attempted robbery and murder is now behind bars.

Prosecutors believe 16-year-old James Stimson, Jr. shot and killed a 45-year-old man after a botched robbery in South Tacoma. Stimson was arrested on Sunday and arraigned Monday on charges of first degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police say the shooting victim was out looking for his dog in the early morning hours of Nov. 18 when he ran into Stimson and 16-year-old Marcus Langford in the parking lot of a convenience store.

The teens are accused of demanding money and then shooting the victim as he sat in his pickup truck. The man managed to drive two blocks before losing control and crashing.

According to Langford, who was arrested and arraigned in late November, he and Stimson were talking to the victim when Stimson pulled out a gun and demanded money from the victim. When the man laughed and tried to grab the gun, Stimon shot him, according to prosecutors.

After his arrest, police say Stimson denied trying to rob the victim but admitted to shooting him. He allegedly told detectives the man "charged at him," so he pulled out a .380 semiautomatic pistol and shot him. The teen also admitted to dismantling the gun after the shooting and dumping its parts in several locations.

Both teens are admitted gang members and both being charged as adults. Stimson's bail was set at $2 million.