Tuba Man Killer Charged As Adult For Recent Robbery

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee July 29, 2010

King County prosecutors weren't able to nail Billy Chambers with a hefty sentence for his role in the slaying of the Tuba Man, but it seems like they're trying to make up for it now by charging Chambers as an adult for his involvement in a recent robbery.

Billy G. Chambers, the 17-year-old who was previously convicted for killing "Tuba Man" Edward McMichael, was charged Wednesday with first-degree robbery for a Saturday morning incident -- a charged that could bring a 51- to 58-month prison term.

Two other alleged accomplices, Martin A. Harris, 17, and Malikah K. Kaashif, 18, were also charged as adults with first-degree robbery. McMichael was known for his years of playing outside Seattle sports events, and Chambers served 72 weeks for his killing.

Suspects age 16 and 17 can be declined from the juvenile system when accused of violent crimes.

An officer described Chambers as dangerous and "an active gang member," police wrote in a probable cause document released Monday. The teen also was arrested May 10 in Seattle for fighting and has a Sept. 3 court date for that case, according to court documents.

A woman who answered the phone at his home did not comment early Wednesday evening, saying comment should come from Chambers' grandmother, but said of course there was another side to Chambers' story.

Reached later Wednesday, his grandmother said she didn't have time to comment. Asked when she did have time, the woman hung up.

Chambers' arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 10 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

On Saturday -- two days after prosecutors say Chambers' home monitoring ended after being arrested as a passenger in a stolen vehicle -- police believe he and the two alleged accomplices were downtown. They approached a male asking for bus fare about 5:50 a.m. and Chambers displayed a cigarette lighter that looked like a gun, police said.

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