Crime

Witnesses recount events of last May's double murder in Boise

When Jeanette Juraska heard a knock at her apartment door, she expected to see a pizza delivery driver on her front stoop — food for her boyfriend’s 27th birthday.

Instead, she said, two men pushed their way in. One of the men — someone she knew only as “Big Man” — pulled out a handgun and shot her boyfriend and his best friend, she said, and then turned the gun on her.

“It kept going off, I don’t know how many times,” Juraska said Monday during a court appearance for the alleged shooter and the man accused of arranging the killings.

Juraska stood and pointed to John C. Douglas as the man who shot her boyfriend, Travontae Calloway, and Elliott Bailey, 28. She said Douglas fired the gun at her, wounding an arm, as she scrambled up a second-floor staircase of the apartment she shared with Calloway at 2178 S. Orchard St.

“I know he is the person who shot at me,” said Juraska, who suffered nerve damage and lost some bone in the affected arm.

Prosecutors say Douglas, 44, of Reading, Pa., was the hitman hired by Anthony J. Robins Jr., 34, of Fremont, Calif., after Robins was angered by a marijuana theft he blamed on Calloway and Bailey.

Juraska said Douglas and Robins were present when she accompanied Calloway to a California marijuana farm in 2013. She testified that she did not know what Calloway did for a living, an assertion defense lawyers found unbelievable. Juraska also identified Samari Winn, of Boise, as the man who accompanied Douglas to the door. Winn had been at the apartment earlier in the evening. Prosecutors said Winn brought Douglas to the apartment along with Robins, who stayed in a vehicle while the shootings took place.

Also Monday, Winn’s roommate testified that Douglas, Robins and Winn returned on the night of the shooting to his home on West Red Maple Court. He said Winn and Douglas were sweaty and breathing heavily, and Douglas had what appeared to be blood on his shoes.

The roommate, Anton Raider, 22, testified that Robins, 34, had supplied him with marijuana and cocaine to sell since he was 16 or 17. He said Robins was angry after someone stole 30 pounds of marijuana that had been delivered to the house on Red Maple on Halloween 2013.

Robins always planned to retaliate, Raider said, but waited until several months had passed so it did not appear the killings were connected to the theft.

After the six-hour hearing, Magistrate John Hawley ruled that probable cause existed to bind over the two defendants for trial. They will appear for arraignment April 2.

Douglas is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Robins and Winn are charged with two counts of aiding and abetting first-degree murder and one count of aiding and abetting attempted first-degree murder.

Raider pleaded guilty earlier this year to two charges connected to the case: a state charge of aiding and abetting murder and a federal charge of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug crime.

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