Everett Double Murder Suspects Charged With Racketeering in Furtherance of a White Supremacist Movement

August 17, 2012

Everett, Police Blotter

Pedersen and Grigsby could face the Federal Death Penalty

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon today announced that Holly Ann Grigsby and David “Joey” Pedersen have been charged with multiple crimes including violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), RICO conspiracy and others that stem from an alleged 10-day crime spree that spanned from Everett, Washington to Eureka, California, and included four murders. Pedersen has already entered a guilty plea to State charges for killing David Joseph “Red” Pedersen and Leslie “Dee Dee” Pedersen on September 26th of last year. Grigsby has been awaiting trial on State charges. The Federal charges may mean that the two would face the federal death penalty. For that, the U.S. Attorney General will have to make the final decision.

The indictment charges that Pedersen and Grigsby were members of a criminal enterprise whose members and associates engaged in acts of violence and other criminal activity to promote a white supremacist movement to “purify” and “preserve” the white race. They are further charged with targeting Jewish leaders, members of prominent Jewish organizations, and other “Zionists,” and using the media to publicize their movement in an attempt to spark a revolution. It is alleged that, among other things, Pedersen and Grigsby robbed victims in order to finance the enterprise and obtain cars for transportation, and that they murdered victims to eliminate witnesses and avoid apprehension and prosecution. Pedersen and Grigsby are charged with the following crimes and racketeering acts, among others:

• The murder, kidnapping and robbery of Pedersen’s father, David Joseph “Red” Pedersen, of Everett, Washington, on September 26, 2011, as well as using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence that resulted in death, the interstate transportation of Red Pedersen’s stolen vehicle, and credit card fraud and aggravated identify theft based on their use of Red Pedersen’s stolen credit cards;

• The murder, kidnapping and robbery of Pedersen’s stepmother, Leslie “Dee Dee” Pedersen, of Everett, Washington, on September 26, 2011, as well as credit card fraud and aggravated identify theft based on their use of Leslie Pedersen’s stolen credit cards;

• The murder, kidnapping and robbery of Cody Faye Myers, of Lafayette, Oregon, on October 1, 2011, as well as carjacking, using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence that resulted in death, and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle;

• The murder, kidnapping and robbery of Reginald Clark, of Eureka, California, on October 3, 2011, as well as using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence that resulted in death; and

• Felon in possession of a firearm, which includes allegations that Pedersen is an armed career criminal.

You can click here to see the full Federal Indictment against Grigsby and Pedersen.

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