[Devaughn] Dorsey led a conspiracy that stole cars from dealerships, changed the vehicle identification numbers, and then registered the cars in the names of various people — often single mothers — to establish a new “clean” title so they could sell the cars for profit, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.
In spring 2008, investigators were closing in on Dorsey for various high-end thefts. Two of the women who had allowed Dorsey to register the cars in their names were being summoned to the federal grand jury to testify, according to federal prosecutors, who provided these details.
On May 13, 2008 — two days before a West Seattle woman was scheduled to testify, Dorsey targeted her at the her apartment.
The mother and her son were in the 5600 block of Delridge Way Southwest when nine shots were fired about 10:30 p.m.
Cell phone records confirmed Dorsey was in a relatively small area around the apartment in the minutes before the shooting. Within five minutes after the shooting, Dorsey made unsolicited calls to police detectives he knew, attempting to establish an alibi that he was miles away on Capitol Hill.
He apparently wasn’t smart enough to realize authorities could track where the cell phone calls came from — in the vicinity of the West Seattle Bridge. Investigators said he fled on the bridge after the shooting.