The Associated Press
PORTLAND — A 32-year-old Salem, Ore., man already serving time for murder has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in a Northwest crime spree that claimed four lives last fall, including his father and stepmother in Everett.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak entered the plea Friday on behalf of David “Joey” Pedersen, appointed two public defenders and an outside lawyer to defend the man and repeatedly silenced Pedersen’s attempts to speak at his arraignment.
The Oregonian reports that Pedersen declared he didn’t recognize the legitimacy of the court.
A grand jury indictment accuses Pedersen and Holly Ann Grigsby of promoting and funding a movement to “purify” and “preserve” the white race through murder. Grigsby pleaded not guilty last month.
They are charged in the killing, kidnapping and robbery of Pedersen’s father, David Jones “Red” Pedersen, 56, and stepmother, Leslie Pedersen, 69, in Everett; the death of a 19-year-old Cody Myers of Oregon; and the death of 53-year-old Reginald Alan Clark in Eureka, Calif.
Pedersen has pleaded guilty to the slayings of his father and stepmother.