Shooting

Rapid City police continued to search Thursday for two suspects in the death of Clinton Farlee, 20, who was shot Wednesday afternoon in the 600 block of East Boulevard North. 

Tiffany Tan, Journal staff

Arrest warrants were issued Thursday for two people accused of carrying out a deadly shooting in northeastern Rapid City the previous day.

Police continued to search Thursday for Rapid City residents Maricelo Garcia, 21, and Cierra Walks, 19, in the killing of 20-year-old Clinton Farlee on Wednesday.

Farlee was shot at his home in the 600 block of East Boulevard North around 2 p.m., according to Rapid City police. He was hit by a bullet in the chest and died that evening after being taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Garcia is charged with first-degree murder, a killing involving premeditation, according to the criminal complaint against Garcia obtained from the Pennington County Courthouse. The crime is classified under the most serious felony category in the state.

Walks is charged with being an accessory to a crime by allegedly helping Garcia evade authorities, her criminal complaint states. The offense carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

According to police reports filed at the courthouse, the shooting was preceded by an argument between Farlee and his girlfriend and the two defendants.

Farlee and his girlfriend were standing in the doorway of their house, with the door open, when Garcia and Walks drove into their yard and walked to the front door, the reports state. After a few minutes of arguing, Farlee apparently said he’d had enough, went inside the house with his girlfriend and closed the door.

Garcia kicked the door open, backed away from the door and ordered Farlee’s girlfriend to get out of the way, investigators said.

“Maricelo pulled out a gun … and fired one round toward Clinton striking him in the chest,” reads one of the police reports.

Garcia and Walks then got into their SUV, which Walks allegedly drove away from the scene.

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Witnesses told police that on Monday, Garcia and Walks had showed up at the house. While arguing with Farlee, Garcia reportedly took out a handgun, put it down and challenged Farlee to a fight.

No physical violence occurred, but Garcia threatened to “come back and rob and shoot” Farlee, witnesses said. Farlee's 19-year-old girlfriend is pregnant.

Farlee’s death is the first fatal shooting among the seven homicides in Rapid City this year, based on information from law enforcement and the courts. Four of the previous deaths allegedly resulted from stabbings; two are believed to have been caused by beatings.

On July 28, according to court records, Garcia posted a $1,000 surety bond on grand theft and simple assault charges and was released from the county jail. He was supposed to attend a court hearing Thursday.

The charges carry maximum sentences of two years in prison and a year in jail.

Garcia's new charge of first-degree murder is punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Contact Tiffany Tan at tiffany.tan@rapidcityjournal.com.

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