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Man appears in court in December 2017 shooting death

Police found Vincent R. Trevino's body on a sidewalk in the Image neighborhood

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor
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Devin D. Schultz-Morrison, 23, appears on suspicion of second-degree murder in Clark County Superior Court on Friday morning, July 27, 2018. Schultz-Morrison is accused in the shooting death of Vincent R.
Devin D. Schultz-Morrison, 23, appears on suspicion of second-degree murder in Clark County Superior Court on Friday morning, July 27, 2018. Schultz-Morrison is accused in the shooting death of Vincent R. Trevino, 23, whose body was found on a sidewalk in the Image neighborhood in December 2017. Photo Gallery

A man accused in the fatal shooting of a Vancouver man found dead on a sidewalk in the Image neighborhood in December made a first appearance Friday in Clark County Superior Court.

Devin D. Schultz-Morrison, 23, appeared on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Vincent R. Trevino. Police found Trevino’s body, with multiple gunshot wounds, in the early morning of Dec. 30 while responding to a call of gunfire in the 12500 block of Northeast 28th Street.

Multiple .45 caliber shell casings were recovered from the scene, court records say.

Trevino was later identified as one of four suspects in the beating and robbery of 63-year-old Douglas Hodgson that took place hours before Trevino was found dead. His body was found about 2½ miles from Hodgson’s house, according to court records.

Schultz-Morrison was already in custody at the Clark County Jail on unrelated charges when officers arrested him Thursday in the homicide case.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor James Smith said Schultz-Morrison was arrested in April in an unlawful firearm possession case and posted bail. He eventually stopped checking in with supervised release, and when contacted by officers, fled. He was later located in North Dakota and was brought back by a bail bondsman, Smith said.

Schultz-Morrison appeared in court wearing a suicide-prevention smock, given to inmates who may try to harm themselves with standard jail clothing. He had multiple abrasions on his face and head, bruising around his right eye and his right eyebrow was taped up. He walked with a limp, and at one point, cried out in pain and was given a seat in front of the judge. It was unclear how and when he was injured.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, witnesses reported seeing someone running from the area of the shooting. Minutes before police were dispatched, one witness saw a tan- or brown-colored older Toyota Camry speeding southbound on 126th Avenue without its lights on. There were three or four people inside. Detectives later learned Schultz-Morrison owns a 1997 Toyota Camry.

Surveillance video obtained from a nearby Chevron shows a vehicle dropping off Trevino about 2:30 a.m. Nearly an hour later, the Toyota Camry pulls into the lot, and someone leaves the car and walks off toward Northeast 28th Street. Phone records indicate that Schultz-Morrison’s cellphone was in the area at the time, the affidavit states.

On March 28, detectives received an anonymous tip that Schultz-Morrison was the shooter. The tipster said that Schultz-Morrison “has two guns hidden in a safe (in his residence),” court documents say.

Then, on April 1, police responded to a reported domestic disturbance in the 7300 block of Northeast 63rd Street, where Schultz-Morrison lives. A woman at the residence told officers that Schultz-Morrison has firearms, specifically, a handgun, and it was in his safe or Toyota Camry. Officers seized the safe, and after serving a search warrant, found a Ruger .45 caliber handgun inside. The ammunition in the firearm matched the shell casings found at the shooting scene and retrieved from Trevino’s body, the affidavit states.

When detectives attempted to interview Schultz-Morrison about Trevino’s death, he asked for an attorney.

On Friday, Judge Suzan Clark set Schultz-Morrison’s bail at $600,000 between his two cases. He will be arraigned Aug. 10.

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