SPOKANE, Wash. -- The man accused of killing his half-brother during a fight in Spokane Valley made his first court appearance Friday.
Prosecutors asked that Ames’ bond be set at $250,0000. A judge set bond at $50,000.
Ames said he had been caring for his dying grandmother for the last few months and she passed away Monday. He wants to be released for the funeral.
The fatal shooting happened near 31st and Collins across from University High school.
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Police said Ames and David McCarthy got into an argument at home. Ames fired one round from a shotgun and shot McCarthy in the stomach according to investigators. McCarthy later died at the hospital.
Witnesses of the shooting claim McCarthy was threatening to slit the throats of family members according to court documents. Detectives charged Ames with second-degree murder for shooting him in the stomach and for allegedly saying McCarthy got what he deserved.