Suspect in Everett murders says couple wanted to kill Jews

Suspect in Everett murders says couple wanted to kill Jews

Holly Grigsby

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by Associated Press, KING 5 News, KGW.com

KING5.com

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 11 at 6:18 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A woman suspected in four killings in the Pacific Northwest, including Everett, Wash., says that she and her boyfriend were on their way to Sacramento, Calif., to "kill more Jews" when they were arrested.

That statement Holly Grigsby, 24, made to investigators was revealed Tuesday, hours before she and her boyfriend, David Joseph Pedersen, 31, waived extradition. The pair is suspected of a spree that left four people dead in three states. They are expected to be sent back to Washington State to face charges. They appeared in a Yuba, California courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Grigsby's quote is in an affidavit from a Washington state prosecutor giving details about the crime spree that David "Joey" Pedersen and Grigsby are suspected of conducting.

The affidavit dated Monday says Grigsby told investigators the pair killed Cody Myers of Lafayette, Ore., because his last name appeared to be Jewish. Myers was a devout Christian.

Pedersen and Grigsby share white supremacist views, but prosecutors have not said whether they believe that Myers' killing was a hate crime.

The two are also suspected of murdering Pedersen's father and stepmother, who lived in Everett, and another man in Eureka, Calif.

In a five-hour statement to investigators, Grigsby said they killed "Red" Pedersen as he drove them to the bus station in Everett. Detectives said Grigsby told them "Joey" sat behind Red and shot him from behind while Holly took control of the vehicle.

Grigsby said they went to the home in south Everett where they killed Leslie for  her "knowledge of the molestation and failure to do anything about it."

According to court documents, Grigsby confessed to binding Leslie's hands, feet and mouth with duct tape and then slashing her throat, killing her using two knives.

Police were able to track the couple as they used the credit cards of the parents while on the run from Washington to Oregon. Detectives pulled surveillance video of the couple from stores where they used the cards.

Pedersen initially had declined to speak with police, whereas Grigsby spoke for five hours about the crime spree.

Pedersen then started granting intervies with police and the media. He said Grigsby was not responsible for the killings. The day the couple was booked into jail, police found a note penned by Pedersen and sent to Grigsby detailing how he would take the fall for the killings.

David Pedersen was reported missing after his wife was found dead on Sept. 28 at their home in Everett, Wash.

Oregon State Police spokesman Gregg Hastings also said Monday that police in Eureka, Calif., found the body of 53-year-old Reginald Alan Clark and they think the couple killed him, too. Clark had been shot in the head, Hastings said.

Clark was African-American. Police have not said whether he was killed by the self-proclaimed white supremacists because of his race.

The couple is also suspected in the murder of Oregon teen Cody Myers.

Cody Myers, 19, of Oregon was on a trip to the Newport Jazz Festival when he was reported missing. Detectives think he was killed east of Toledo in the Pioneer Mountain area. Police interviews showed the suspect Pedersen said he killed Myers because his name "sounded Jewish."

At the time of their arrest, Grigsby also reportedly commented that the couple were on their way to Sacramento to 'kill more Jews.'

Myers' body was found last Wednesday near Mary's Peak. Myers died from bullet wounds to the head and chest.

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