The man accused of fatally shooting a pregnant business owner in a random attack in Seattle has pleaded not guilty to his charges.
Plea entered: Cordell Maurice Goosby, 30, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder charges in his first court appearance on Thursday.
Members of the Korean American community reportedly filled the King County Superior Court in support of the victim, 34-year-old Eina Kwon, who is survived by her husband, 37-year-old Sung Kwon, and their 2-year-old son. The couple ran Aburiya Bento House in the neighborhood of Belltown.
The allegations: Goosby is accused of fatally shooting Eina — who was eight months pregnant — while she was in her white Tesla at a traffic light stop at Fourth Avenue and Lenora Street at around 11 a.m. on June 13.
While being arrested, Goosby reportedly told police, “I did it, I did it,” and later claimed to have a history of mental issues. He said he fired into the Tesla because he thought its passengers had a gun.
The aftermath: Eina died at Harborview Medical Center shortly after giving birth to her baby via an emergency C-section. The baby, who was named Evelyn Ahrin Kwon, eventually died as well. Sung, who was shot in the arm, survived the attack and was discharged the next day.
What’s next for the suspect: Goosby, a convicted felon in Illinois, did not make any statements at his court appearance. He remains held on a $10 million bond and faces up to 57 years in prison if convicted of his charges.
Prosecutors are still determining whether he can also be charged with the death of Evelyn. Under Washington state law, a person can only be charged with murder for the death of someone who was “born alive.”