The Snohomish County prosecutor is weighing whether to pursue the death penalty in the July shootings that left three people dead and one wounded.
The young man charged in a mass shooting at a Mukilteo house party last summer has been writing rap lyrics from jail bragging about killing — writings that could influence whether prosecutors decide to seek the death penalty in his case.
The material included a letter that 20-year-old defendant Allen Ivanov penned to a former Snohomish County Jail inmate convicted of murder.
It starts with “rap ideas” and the lyrics focus on guns, violence and what Ivanov calls the “murder game,” The (Everett) Herald reported Tuesday, citing records it obtained through a public-records request.
The lyrics appear to reference the July 30 shooting in Mukilteo that left three people dead and one injured, the newspaper reported. Authorities say Ivanov opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle he had just purchased.
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The letter was written to Christopher Garcia-Gonzalez, who is serving 20 years for the murder of a piano teacher after answering the man’s online ad for a “hot male housekeeper.”
“I knew she knew who I was ‘cause I saw her face right before I pulled the trigger,” Ivanov wrote, according to The Herald.
Ivanov is charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the killings of his ex-girlfriend, Anna Bui, and Jacob Long and Jordan Ebner, all 19. Another man, Will Kramer, then 18, survived after being shot in the back.
Investigators said Ivanov was upset that Bui was moving on with her life.
The materials also include a six-page, single-spaced letter Ivanov reportedly wrote just before the shooting. At least part of it reached his mother, who turned it over to police.
“You know what’s funny? The media is going to portray me as some unstable, overly emotional, crazy lunatic,” the letter reads. “There’s nothing wrong (with) me or the way I think. There’s really nothing wrong with me: I have a roof over my head, access to food and resources, a loving family, an amazing job, etc. I’m selfish. That’s why I did this.”
The letter also suggests he knew what he was planning was wrong: “Is this the right thing to do? Of course (expletive) not. Never, ever, ever, ever in a trillion years. Taking lives is insane. This is like my early retirement. I’m giving up on solving things. I’m a loser. I quit,” the newspaper quoted him as writing, citing the documents.
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe is weighing whether to seek the death penalty for Ivanov. The young man’s lawyers, Walter Peale and Karen Halverson, have been working to compile information that might persuade him not to. A decision is expected next month.