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October 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

7th suspect now in custody for Pierce County kidnapping, homicide

The seventh suspect wanted in connection with the September robbery, kidnapping and killing of a 51-year-old man whose body was dumped outside a vacant house in Graham was arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail on Monday.

An arrest warrant was issued Oct. 1 for 30-year-old Jeffrey Powell II, who along with six others has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery in the Sept. 7 slaying of Dean Barker of Lakewood, according to court records.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies, federal agents and state Department of Corrections officers arrested Powell at a home in Puyallup on Monday, Q13 Fox News reported. Powell initially refused to open the door, telling officers he was scared to come out, according to the TV station.

Also charged in Barker’s death are: John Joseph Brown, 60; Aileenah Horton, 17; William Barry, 33; Angela King, 32; Justin Mahaffey, 23; and Joshua Stevens, 23.

“We have now charged all the defendants involved in this robbery, kidnapping, and brutal murder,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in an Oct. 3 news release. “All seven are complicit in the death of Mr. Barker. The motive remains murky. … What we know is that all the defendants were involved in a robbery and kidnapping at defendant Brown’s house that led to murder.”

The suspects claimed that Barker had sexually assaulted King several weeks before he was killed and had molested Barry’s 3-year-old daughter earlier on Sept. 7, but Lindquist said in the news release that “there is no corroborative evidence” to support those claims.

Barker was found face down outside a house in the 22200 block of 124th Avenue East in Graham on Sept. 8 with his hands bound behind him with duct tape and his mouth taped shut, according to charging documents. Mahaffey, who allegedly belongs to a Bloods gang, apparently tied a red bandana around Barker’s neck to “mark” him, the papers say.

An autopsy revealed that Barker was beaten and strangled, the papers said.

Detectives believe Barker was beaten at Brown’s house, then driven to the house in Graham where he was killed, charging papers say. The defendants allegedly took Barker’s wallet and divided up his cash.

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