Andrew J. Patterson, the 20-year-old Federal Way man accused of firing the shot that killed Seattle's Justin Ferrari, entered a not-guilty plea this morning according to KING 5, in response to the second-degree murder charge facing him. According to reports he remains in King County in lieu of $2 million bail.
In charging documents filed in the case, the King County Prosecutor's Office says Patterson was in a dispute near the King Deli with another individual over a bummed cigarette when he opened fire from across a street. Police say a stray bullet from Patterson's gun struck Ferrari in the head as he was driving through an intersection of East Cherry Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way with his parents and his two young children in the car.
Court documents also allege that Patterson is a member of the 31 R.A.C.K.S., a group of rappers and hustlers that hang out at the intersection where Ferrari was gunned down. The R.A.C.K.S., short for "Running After Cash, Killin Suckaz," have several videos available on YouTube that document the group's lifestyle and activities. Police say one of the videos was used by police to identify Patterson.
Prosecutors filed a firearm enhancement with the murder charge, meaning if convicted as charged Patterson would face a sentence of 15 to 23 years in prison.