Man confesses to killing teen at West Valley Park after getting ride from stranger

Man confesses to killing teen at West Valley Park after getting ride from stranger

An 18-year-old man confessed to killing another teen Friday night at West Valley Park.

Cameron Helland made his first appearance in Yakima County Superior Court on Monday. He’s being charged with second-degree murder for the death of 16-year-old Davontae Ray Mesa.

Lt. Mike Pollard said the victim was trying to buy marijuana from Helland when the suspect fired multiple rounds at him, then drove off in a vehicle.

Around 6 p.m., officers found Mesa at the park with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, Helland drove a mile or two away from the scene, parked his car and began to walk down the street. In an apparent fit of anxiety, he soon asked a random stranger for a ride back to the park, Lt. Pollard said.

As they were driving back, Helland told the person giving him a ride that he had killed someone and that police were probably waiting for him at the park.

Lt. Pollard said he showed up in the stranger’s vehicle, confessed to the crime and was taken into custody less than an hour later.

Helland is being held on $1 million bond at the Yakima County Jail.

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