The King County Prosecutor says Austin Eugene Glore repeatedly stabbed 35-year-old Bryce Pearson as he lay helpless on the ground near the Big Foot Java on Auburn Way South and left him to die, and that Michael Milton Sample drove Glore from the scene on the night of Oct. 22.
At their arraignments Monday at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, Glore, 17, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, and Sample, 20, pleaded not guilty to rendering criminal assistance.
The court scheduled a case setting hearing for Nov. 20 at the RJC.
According to Auburn Police, an illicit meetup to exchange pills for property devolved into a physical fight that ended with the brutal death of the Orting man on the parking lot at 202 Cross St. SE in Auburn.
According to police, Pearson, bleeding from multiple stab wounds, tried to make it to a nearby MultiCare Clinic for help but the clinic was closed. Paramedics rushed to the scene, but Pearson was already dead.
According to what Glore himself told police, an account included in the Auburn Police Department’s Certification for Determination of Probable Cause, he chased Pearson several blocks from the Auburn Way South Denny’s because Pearson had stolen his backpack. He finally caught him near the Big Foot Java, knocked him down and stabbed him repeatedly.
“While Glore has no known criminal convictions, his willingness to use extraordinary and lethal violence demonstrates the great risk he poses to the public,” King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jason L. Simmons told the court in his request for bail.