Second Beverly Park shooter pleads guilty to summer shooting
Last updated 2/20/2019 at Noon
The second man involved in the killing of Ezekiel Kelly, whose body was discovered off Beverly Park Road last summer, pleaded guilty to first-degree kidnapping and murder in a court appearance last week.
Hassani Hassani, 20, along with Anthony Hernandez-Cano, 18, kidnapped Kelly and tortured him before shooting him and leaving his body near an abandoned building on Pacific Place July 3, according to police and court documents.
According to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, Kelly had been stabbed 27 times in the chest, side, back, arm and face. At the crime scene, officers found two .22 caliber shell casings, and a detective found an 8-inch blade with dry blood on it.
Authorities soon discovered that Kelly’s murder was connected to a murder in Arlington.
On July 1, police discovered the body of Mohamed H. Adan, 21, in a bush at Blue Stilly Park in Arlington.
According to police documents, Adan was assaulted and burned with cigarettes before being shot and killed.
Using nearby surveillance footage, officers discovered a car, which belonged to Cano’s girlfriend, with an address listed as the Vantage Apartments on Mukilteo Speedway across from Albertsons.
During his interview, Cano admitted to killing Adan, and told detectives that he had been released from jail on June 30, and that his girlfriend told him Adan was watching her as she slept in her car at their apartment complex.
Adan later got in a car with Cano and others and was assaulted with a baseball bat behind Albertsons before being taken to Cano’s place, where he bound him with an electrical cord and tape. Cano shot Adan twice in the foot and abandoned him in Arlington before returning and shooting him in the head.
Cano said he killed Adan because he had admitted to wanting a sexual relationship with Cano’s girlfriend.
Cano also admitted to the murder of Kelly, and said Kelly had texted Adan information about Cano’s girlfriend.
Cano told officers he and Hassani found Kelly on Highway 99 near Airport Road on July 2, where they confronted him and later assaulted him.
They bound Kelly with tape and took him to a wooded area in the Meadowdale area of Edmonds, where they assaulted him and Cano stabbed him repeatedly.
They then took him to the location in Mukilteo, dragged him out of the car; Cano lost the knife in the dark and instructed Hassani to locate it, but he was unsuccessful. He handed Hassani a pistol, telling him to “finish it,” and Hassani shot Kelly three times.
Cano pleaded guilty to the murders last October and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
Hassani reportedly faces up to 35 years in prison.
According to court records, Hernandez-Cano filed a motion Feb. 14 to withdraw his guilty plea, despite having pleaded guilty last summer and having been sentenced in October.