Suspected shooter turned self in for Kentwood teen’s murder

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Grand Rapids Police told FOX 17 that suspected shooter Israel Valdez was now in custody. No further details were available.

At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Grand Rapids Police told FOX 17 that Valdez turned himself in on Friday.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Kent County Prosecutor has announced charges against three more people in connection to the murder of James King.

James King, 17, was shot and killed Sunday near 44th Street and Kalamazoo SE.  Court documents had shown that four individuals planned on robbing King of marijuana and that one of the people was armed.

Ahmed Adel Hasan, 17, was arraigned Wednesday, on open murder charges, along with armed robbery and other firearms charges. Hasan’s vehicle was used in the crime.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker announced Friday morning that three more individuals would be facing charges in connection with King's murder.

Kayleb Douglas Sims,17, Alanah Faith Claflin-Gallagos, 18, and Israel Valdez, 17, will each be charged on open murder, assault with intent to rob while armed and conspiracy to commit armed robbery charges.

Claflin-Gallagos is in custody and is expected to be arraigned later on Friday. Sims and Valdez are still wanted by police.

On Friday, police charged Valdez's mother, Jennifer Valdez with lying to a  police officer. Investigators allege she told officers she hadn't made contact with any of the defendants in the case and that she didn't know any of them.

Investigators say Jennifer Valdez had an extensive conversation with Clafin-Callagos and was aware of her involvement in the case.

In court documents filed Friday, police outline the roles each of the teen's had in the homicide.  The documents state that the four suspects drove to meet King after arranging a marijuana purchase with him via social media.  Both Israel Valdez and Alanah Claflin had apparently been communicating with King before the meet up.

Ahmed Hasan allegedly drove the group to the 4200 block of Kalamazoo Ave while Valdez was in the backseat with a pistol.  Valdez began the robbery as King got in the vehicle and sat next to him in the backseat of the vehicle.  Valdez allegedly shot King in the face once, killing him, after King attempted to fight off the robbery.

The court documents say that all four teenage suspects were aware that Israel had a firearm on him during the robbery attempt. Kayleb Sims allegedly drove the vehicle away following the shooting. Police also allege that Claflin took steps to destroy evidence after King's murder.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help King's family pay for funeral expenses.

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