Not guilty plea in Tacoma trash bin murder

Not guilty plea in Tacoma trash bin murder »Play Video
Police investigate at the scene where a body was found in a trash can.
TACOMA, Wash. - A Tacoma man suspected of killing a 16-year-old boy and stuffing his body into a trash bin has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the case.

The suspect, Anthony Clark, 20, entered the plea Friday in Pierce County Superior Court, where he was ordered held in Pierce County jail on $2 million bail.

Clark was arrested early Thursday morning after the body of 16-year-old Devondre D. Davis was found stuffed into a trash bin in a Tacoma neighborhood.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office said Davis died of a gunshot to the head. Detectives believe Clark and Davis knew each other.

Also at Friday's court hearing, Clark pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Several family members and friends of the victim packed into the courtroom for Clark’s arraignment. One woman cried uncontrollably during the hearing.

Davis' body was discovered Wednesday evening inside a trash bin outside a triplex in the 500 block of E. 36th Street, said Mark Fulghum with Tacoma Police.

Neighbors said a man had asked if he could use their trash bin to dispose of a dead person.

"That he just killed somebody and there was a dead body in the house and if we would help him dispose of the body," said one resident, who asked to remain anonymous.

She didn't take the man seriously at first.

"Well, he was real calm and laughing about it so we thought it was a joke at first," she said.

Moments later, she says her roommate took trash out to the alley and saw the victim's body in the bin. He notified police, who responded to the scene and found Davis' body.