Teen pleads not guilty in Orchards drive-by shooting

He allegedly fired shots at teen who failed to procure pot

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Updated: March 7, 2013, 5:32 PM

 

A 19-year-old Hazel Dell man pleaded not guilty Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to shooting at another teen on Jan. 26 after the boy failed to find marijuana for their group of friends.

Kevin T. Barsotti, who is out of jail after posting $75,000 bail, is charged specifically with drive-by shooting. His trial is tentatively scheduled for April 29.

Jeffrey Barrar has replaced Edward Dunkerly as Barsotti’s defense attorney.

Terrance B. Joshua, 21, of Vancouver also was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a charge of drive-by shooting, but his hearing was delayed until Friday because of a scheduling conflict with his attorney, David Schultz. Joshua is accused of driving the vehicle during the alleged crime.

A probable cause affidavit states:

The victim, referred to as “Zack” in court records, promised the two defendants and their friend that he would find them some marijuana. The group drove around Orchards while Zack made cellphone calls to possible sellers. After his efforts appeared unsuccessful, the two defendants kicked Zack out of the car.

After driving away, Barsotti allegedly announced that he wanted to shoot at Zack. Joshua reportedly agreed, turned the vehicle around and drove back toward Zack, who was walking north on the west side of 94th Avenue. Barsotti allegedly took out a pistol and fired two to three shots at Zack’s feet in the 6800 block of Northeast 94th Avenue.

The arrest was based on statements made by an informant, according to court records. There was no further information in the records about the victim.

Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant on Barsotti’s vehicle and home, where he lives with his parents on Northwest 88th Street.

They found a photograph of a firearm that matched the description of the one he is accused of using in the drive-by shooting.

Barsotti denied that he was involved in the shooting and claimed to have no knowledge of the firearm.

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