Woman accused in NW crime spree to return to Ore.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) — A 25-year-old woman accused of joining her boyfriend in a Northwest crime spree that claimed four lives agreed Monday to be returned to Oregon to face federal racketeering charges.
Holly Ann Grigsby appeared in federal court in Seattle and agreed to be transferred to Portland, where she is under federal indictment, The Seattle Times reported.
A grand jury indictment returned last week accuses Grigsby and David "Joey" Pedersen, 32, of promoting and funding a movement to "purify" and "preserve" the white race through murder. Prosecutors allege the two funded their white-power movement with credit cards stolen from their victims, and used their stolen cars to travel from one state to another.
Grigsby and Pedersen are from Oregon.
They are charged in the killing, kidnapping and robbery of four people last fall: Pedersen's father, David "Red" Pedersen, and stepmother, Leslie "DeeDee" Pedersen, on Sept. 26 in Everett, Wash.; Cody Myers, a 19-year-old from Oregon on Oct. 1; and Reginald Clark, 53, of Eureka, Calif., on Oct. 3.
Clark was black and Grigsby reportedly told investigators that Myers, a Christian, was killed because his name sounded Jewish.
Pedersen is already serving life without parole at the Monroe, Wash., Correctional Complex after pleading guilty to the slayings of his father and his stepmother. Grigsby was facing trial for the homicides in Snohomish County Superior Court. The Times reports that Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe said he will dismiss the state charges against Grigsby now that the federal indictment has been issued.