Men accused of shooting EWU football players plead not guilty

Two men accused of shooting two Eastern Washington University football players earlier this summer pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Avery K. Francis, 26, and Anthony J. Carell, 27, appeared in court for their arraignment. They are both charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of drive-by shooting.

The two men are accused of opening fire in a crowded part of downtown on July 13. The shooting happened in an alley near Division Street, south of Main around 1:00 a.m., when hundreds of people were leaving local bars and restaurants.

Two victims, 21-year-old Keith Moore and 22-year-old Dehonta Hayes, were shot and taken to the hospital with serious injuries. They were released shortly after the incident.

Court documents revealed Moore told police that he and Hayes had broken up a fight between several people, including Francis and Carell.

The suspects were seen in surveillance video leaving in a white SUV. Moore later told police the white vehicle stopped near them and he heard someone yell “hey you.” Then he said he heard a gun fire seven to nine times. He and Hayes were both hit by bullets.

Police investigated the shooting for several weeks before arresting the suspects. Spokane Police emphasized the importance of community members coming forward with information.

In August, a judge set Francis and Carell’s bond at $500,000.

The two men are expected to return to court in late October.

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