Crime

August trial date set for suspects in Orchard Street murders — for now

John C. Douglas and Anthony Robins Jr. will be tried together for the May 2014 murders of Boise residents Elliott Bailey and Travontae Calloway.

The two men were arraigned Thursday in 4th District Court in Boise. Douglas, 45, the alleged contract killer brought in from Reading, Penn., is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder for the two shooting deaths and the wounding of Calloway's girlfriend.

Robins, 34, from Fremont, Calif., is accused of arranging the hit and of driving Douglas and co-defendant Samari Winn to Calloway's apartment at 2178 S. Orchard St., where the shootings took place. Robins is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting first-degree murder and aiding and abetting attempted first-degree murder.

Both men, who pleaded not guilty Thursday, could face the death penalty if prosecutors choose to pursue that option.

Judge Sam Hoagland set a trial date of Aug. 10. The trial is expected to last at least four weeks.

It's possible the trial date will get moved because of a scheduling conflict with Winn's trial.

Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Shelley Akamatsu is handling both cases and it's unclear whether the Douglas-Robins trial could finish up before Winn goes on trial Sept. 8.

Winn, who allegedly accompanied Douglas to the apartment and who is charged with the same crimes as Robins, has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys said they will discuss the situation and determine whether the trial of Douglas and Robins will need to be rescheduled.

Calloway and Bailey were allegedly killed for stealing 30 pounds of marijuana that belonged to Robins. It was taken Halloween night 2013 from a West Boise home where Winn resided and Robins had a room when he came to town.

Another roommate, Anton Raider, 22, supplied the gun used in the killings and let Robins borrow his van to drive Douglas and Winn to the murder scene. He testified last month at a preliminary hearing that Robins supplied him with marijuana and cocaine to sell in Boise since he was 16 or 17.

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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