Murder suspect's mom calls shooting an "accident"

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 12:27 PM

SPOKANE, WASH. -- The mother of a Spokane homicide suspect told KREM 2 News that an enchilada recipe helps prove her son had no motive in a fatal shooting.

Detectives believe Joshua Tillery, 33, shot Devon Mack in the head at a Spokane home Friday, May 3th. Police found and questioned one person of interest, Tara Radar. Tillery is still on the loose.

Tillery's family said he has battled drug addiction for years. His mother, Tracey Tillery, spoke to KREM 2 News over the phone on Tuesday. She said her son has had a troubled past but is not a murderer.

“My son called me for my enchilada recipe that day. I gave it to him. He said ‘okay mom. I'm going to go get the stuff to make it.’ That's what kind of person he was,” said Tillery.
   
Court documents stated that Josh Tillery arrived at the house near Princeton and Lincoln carrying groceries shortly before Mack was killed. Major Crime's detectives believe Tillery shot Mack in the head inside the house.

Yet, Tillery’s mom said there is no way that's what happened.

“He is not a murderer, he is not, I need him to come forward so he can explain what happened,” said Tillery.

She said the whole thing was an accident and the gun went off in a struggle. Tillery said her son is not turning himself in because he's terrified of the police.

“I know he's very scared. He's never hurt anybody, ever,” added Tillery.

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