Jury finds suspect in 2020 downtown Seattle shooting not guilty

ByShannon J. Cortes

Sep 15, 2022

A jury has found not guilty one of three suspects in the 2020 downtown Seattle shooting. That shooting left one dead, seven injured and sent dozens to safety as gunfire fire echoed through a crowded downtown intersection during rush hour.

The jury found Marquise Tolbert not guilty of murder and multiple felony assault charges in connection with the Jan. 22 shooting.

According to court documents, Tolbert and co-defendant William Tolliver were walking downtown together toward the corner of Third Avenue and Pine Street. Surveillance footage showed the couple exchanging words with the third suspect charged, Jamel Jackson. Tolliver and Tolbert were part of a rival gang to Jackson, according to court documents.

Surveillance video showed Tolliver shooting Jackson and then Jackson returning fire, according to court documents.

Tolbert then began firing his gun.

Court documents indicate that Tolbert and Tolliver began running away and shooting over their shoulders indiscriminately behind them as they ran. They continue to fire indiscriminately from behind even after Jackson is out of sight, according to court documents.

FOX 13 is working to determine what factors led to the “not guilty” verdict.

A charge of unlawful possession of firearms is still pending against Tolbert, according to the King County prosecutor’s office. Prior to the downtown shooting, the King County District Attorney’s Office also charged Tolbert in five previous criminal cases.

Tolliver was charged with first degree murder, unlawful possession of firearms and multiple felony assault charges. His trial is scheduled for November 7.

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Jackson was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree. On August 19, 2021, he was sentenced to one year and four months in prison.