Charges against driver dropped in Aloha Motel manslaughter

A 26-year-old man no longer faces a charge of driving his neighbor, who was later convicted of manslaughter, from the scene of a deadly beating at a Bellingham motel on Samish Way.

Prosecutors had accused Cody Alexander George of helping David Alan Solomon Jr. flee from Room 29 of the Aloha Motel around 2:40 a.m. Dec. 15, 2013.

Solomon had gone to the room that morning, broken down the door and found his ex-girlfriend, Shirena Carolynn LeClaire, 29, who had just broken up with him, inside with her new boyfriend, Ike Scarborough. LeClaire ran outside; Solomon, 35, beat Scarborough.

George admitted to police he saw Scarborough moments later on the floor, near the door. But George offered little other information to law enforcement, said Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Eric Richey.

George, 26, told detectives he’d driven a man from the Aloha, then dropped him off a few blocks away. But he denied knowing why he needed a ride. He denied knowing Solomon at all, although they were neighbors on the Lummi Reservation, according to charging papers.

Scarborough died at St. Joseph hospital the next day from brain injuries. He was 33.

Solomon pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree. He was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison on Nov. 5.

Criminal charges against George, of rendering criminal assistance in the first degree, were dropped two weeks later; no formal explanation had been entered into the public record as of this week. Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig dismissed the case without prejudice, meaning the prosecutor’s office can refile the charges in the future.