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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Suspect in Northwest crime spree to be returned to Oregon

An alleged  white supremacist accused of joining her boyfriend in a multi-state crime spree that left four people dead will be returned to Oregon to face federal racketeering charges.

Holly Ann Grigsby, 25, appeared this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle and agreed to be transferred to Portland where she is under federal indictment.

Grigsby and her boyfriend David Joseph “Joey” Pedersen, 32,  are accused of promoting and funding a movement to “purify” and “preserve the white race” through murder, according to a 15-count indictment unsealed Friday in Portland.   Federal prosecutors say 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.

Grigsby and Pedersen are from Oregon.

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.

Grigsby told police they shot the Oregon man “because his last name made them think he was Jewish,” according to charging documents. The California victim was black.

After their arrests, Grigsby and Pedersen expressed white-supremacist beliefs in media interviews. According to court documents, Pedersen has a tattoo of a swastika on his chest above his heart and an image of Adolf Hitler on his stomach. The initials “SWP,” for Supreme White Power, are tattooed on his neck.

The indictment exposes Pedersen and Grigsby to a possible federal death penalty.

Pedersen is already serving life without parole at the Monroe 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, but Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe said he will dismiss the state charges against Grigsby now that the federal indictment has been issued.

 

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