Bail was set at $1 million each for triple-shooting suspects Anthony Busby, 21, and Xavier Anderson, 18, when they appeared in court for preliminary hearings on Monday.
Greed motivated two Lacey men accused of committing a triple shooting that left one man dead inside a home on March 19, a prosecutor told a judge Monday.
The two suspects appeared in court Monday for preliminary hearings before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor, who ordered each held at the Thurston County Jail with bail set at $1 million.
Anthony Busby, 21, and Xavier Anderson, 18, were arrested by Lacey police Friday night without incident, Lacey police Lt. Phil Comstock said. Comstock confirmed that the two were initially detained the morning of the shooting at Anderson’s home a couple of blocks from the residence where the shootings occurred.
Initially there wasn’t evidence to hold them, and they were released from custody, Comstock said.
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Busby, who was employed at the commissary at Joint Base Lewis-McChord at the time of the shootings, is accused in court papers of pulling the trigger of the .38-caliber revolver that shot Joshua W. Nelson dead. He also is accused of shooting the two surviving victims, Brandon and Justin Collado, court papers state.
Busby has in turn accused his alleged accomplice, Anderson, of hatching the plan to rob one of the residents of the home of $15,000 cash, court papers state. According to court papers, the botched robbery led directly to the triple shooting.
Busby told police that Anderson brought the gun to the residence but then asked Anderson to give the firearm to him once they got there “since he was outnumbered.”
Busby told police that he pulled the gun out of his hoodie pocket and it discharged, striking Josh (Nelson),” 23, while Nelson was on the phone in the residence, court papers state.
“He said that Josh fell to his knees and then fell forward,” the court papers say. “Busby then turned the gun on Justin and Brandon and demanded the money from them. He said the gun went off a few more times. At some point Anderson came in the residence and began going through drawers looking for the money.”
The two suspects never found the money, court papers state.
“This is a callous crime of greed,” Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jack Jones told Tabor during Monday’s hearing.
Busby and Anderson were being held at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree robbery.
After being shot, Brandon and Justin Collado fled the residence and called 911 as the two suspects ransacked the home, court papers state.
Brandon Collado was shot in both legs; Justin Collado was shot in the chest. Both were treated and released from a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Lacey police.
Also according to court papers:
Lacey police linked Busby and Anderson to the shooting after a .38-caliber revolver seized at Anderson’s residence was compared to a bullet found in the homicide victim’s clothing by a forensic scientist at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab.
The .38-caliber firearm thought to have been used in the shooting was identified by Lacey police as one that had been traded for a different stolen firearm and narcotics earlier this month by Devante Garner, who was arrested last week on suspicion of burglary, theft of a firearm and other charges.