Feds Indict White Supremacist Couple in 3-State Killing Spree
The U.S. Department of Justice has taken over the prosecutions of an Oregon white-supremacist couple accused in last fall’s three-state crime spree, alleging their crimes — including the slayings of an Everett couple — were aimed at promoting and funding a movement to “purify” and “preserve the white race” through murder.
A 24-page, 15-count indictment unsealed in Portland on Friday names David Joseph “Joey” Pedersen, 32; Holly Ann Grigsby, 25; “and others” in a conspiracy that included researching and gathering the names of prominent Jewish leaders and organizations in Seattle, Portland and Sacramento, Calif., to identify potential targets for elimination.
It claims that Pedersen, when he was arrested with Grigsby in Yuba City, Calif., driving the car of one of their four alleged victims, had prepared a “press release” to alert the media to the killings and their purpose. According to the indictment, Pedersen had already identified his first “Zionist” target and had obtained the gun he intended to use to commit the crime, although it does not name the alleged target.
Prosecutors allege Pedersen and Grigsby funded their white-power movement with credit cards stolen from their victims, and used their stolen cars to travel from one state to another.
In Snohomish County, the pair is accused of killing Pedersen’s father, David “Red” Pedersen, and stepmother, Leslie “DeeDee” Pedersen, on Sept. 26 in Everett. They’re also accused of killing two men in Oregon and California in the following week.