Family erupts in court when judge won't release murder victim's father

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on June 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 2 at 5:18 PM

KENT, Wash. – Family members began yelling at a judge after she refused to let a man be released to attend the funeral of his son, who was shot to death at a backyard barbecue.

Adrian Wilson, 16, was shot outside an Auburn, Wash., apartment complex on May 22. The alleged shooter, 16-year-old James Anthony Mills, was captured two days later and is being held on $1 million bail. Arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

Gabriel Wilson, Adrian's father, pleaded not guilty to assault and possession of a firearm for allegedly firing shots during the incident. He is being held on $750,000 bail.

According to probable cause documents, Wilson grabbed a gun and chased Mills. When he couldn't catch Mills, Wilson returned to the area where his son was shot and fired several rounds into a nearby apartment where three people were living, reported The Seattle Times. Nobody in that apartment was hurt.

Wilson's family was in court Thursday morning as his attorney asked the judge if Wilson could be released to attend his son's funeral that afternoon. Prosecutors objected, concerned Wilson may try to retaliate for the death of his son.

The judge agreed with prosecutors, which set off family members in the courtroom gallery. Watch here

"What would you have done?" said one woman.

"Do you have children? Do you know what it's like to hold your son as he dies in your (expletive) hands?" said a man.

One woman could be heard crying uncontrollably.

Sheriff's deputies ordered the family members out of the gallery.

"More death could have happened, but my brother prevented it," said a man outside the courtroom. "He protected his family."

If convicted, Wilson could face more than 12 years in prison.

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