17-year-old held on $1 million in connection with fatal drive-by shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 17-year-old man is being held on a $1 million bond for the murder of a young Spokane father. 

Monday, Christen Devae Ativalu-Ford made his first court appearance on a first degree murder charge. He's accused of participating in a drive-by shooting that killed 21-year-old Kionte Bullard.

According to court documents, Bullard was killed outside his girlfriend's house in the 3000 block of North Nelson. The shooting took place in the middle of the night in July 2018. 

According to witnesses, Bullard had gotten into a fight on July 8, just after midnight, with a man named Isiah Cavitt, 21. Witnesses say Cavitt, motioned to Bullard that he had a gun and the fight stopped. The two then went separate ways. 

Documents say that Bullard went to his girlfriend's house to pick up his girlfriend and their infant son. It was just after he had put their 1-month-old son in the car that witnesses say Bullard was shot and killed. 

New documents obtained by KXLY outline the events of the shooting from the woman who said she was driving the vehicle used in the murder., 

She told officers that around 2 a.m. she got a call from Cavitt for a ride. She picked up Cavitt, Ativalu-Ford and a third man. 

She said Cavitt instructed her to drive to North Nelson. She said when they arrived, the men decided they wouldn't shoot Bullard until he wasn't holding his son. 

She said the men told her to turn off her headlights and pull up near his driveway. She told officers that while she pushed her seat forward, she believes both Cavitt and Ativalu-Ford fired at Bullard. Bullard was killed at the scene and the woman drove away.

Back in October, Cavitt was charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting. His trial is expected to begin in March. 

Ativalu-Ford was booked in to the Spokane County Jail Sunday. He will be arraigned on those murder charges January 15.

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