Four suspects in home-invasion robbery, killing plead not guilty

Another suspect to be arraigned May 13; sixth suspect arrested Friday

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Four people suspected in a home-invasion killing of a Vancouver man pleaded not guilty Friday in Clark County Superior Court to murder and robbery charges.

Meanwhile, a fifth suspect is due back in court May 13 for arraignment and a sixth suspect was arrested Friday.

The suspects appeared in connection to the Dec. 13 homicide of 46-year-old Charles N. Moore at his home in the Minnehaha area.

Douglas A. Marquis, 22, is suspected of shooting Moore. Joshua B. McAlexander, 30, Caleb E. Soucy, 28, and Minna R. Long, 23, are charged with first-degree murder as accomplices.

They are alleged to have accompanied Marquis to the home when the killing occurred, charging documents state.

McAlexander appeared in court first and entered his not-guilty plea to first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree robbery.

Later in the afternoon, Long — the alleged getaway driver — and Marquis and Soucy pleaded not guilty to the same charges. Soucy and Marquis also face a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Trial for all four suspects was set for June 21.

The suspects, who are all from Vancouver or don’t have listed addresses, remain in the Clark County Jail on $1 million bail.

A fifth suspect, Garold T. Jacobsen, 27, was arrested Wednesday. He will be arraigned May 13.

A sixth suspect, Cathleen M. Potter, 46, was arrested Friday and will make a first appearance in court Monday, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor John Fairgrieve.

Friday afternoon, Potter was being held in jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

Fairgrieve said Potter was not part of the group who invaded Moore’s home. But her arrest “related to the conduct of the other individuals,” he said, declining further comment.

Authorities have remained mum about the investigation, not revealing what items were taken from Moore’s house in the 5300 block of Northeast St. James Road or a motive.

Moore, a longtime resident of the area, was disabled and lived on a fixed income. He died of a shotgun blast to the chest after a group of robbers came to his home about 11 p.m. on a Sunday.

Outside court Friday, Moore’s daughter, Victoria Maul, said she’d never heard of any of the suspects and couldn’t say whether her father knew them.

Asked whether she was relieved arrests were made, Maul said: “It’s something I really don’t know how to feel about it.”

Fairgrieve said he doesn’t expect any more arrests.

“Some aspects are continuing, but the majority of the investigation has been concluded,” he said.

Laura McVicker: 360-735-4516 or laura.mcvicker@columbian.com.