Prosecutors say the alleged hit man in the murders of two men in a South Orchard Street apartment was looking for a fall guy when he sat down and wrote a jailhouse letter.
John C. Douglas reportedly told co-defendant Anthony Robins Jr., a drug dealer, that there was “no need” for both of them to go down together for the slayings. Instead, Douglas wrote that he would blame another man for hiring him to kill Boise residents Travontae Calloway, 27, and Elliott Bailey, 28, over drugs.
Douglas chose Boise resident Anton P. Raider as his patsy, prosecutors say. Douglas, 45, of Reading, Pa., told Robins, 34, of Fremont, Calif., to tell his lawyer that Raider arranged to have Douglas come to Boise from his home in Reading to execute Calloway and Bailey. Robins accused Calloway and Bailey of stealing 30 pounds of marijuana from him.
Raider, 23, pleaded guilty in December to a charge of aiding and abetting attempted murder. He testified that the stolen marijuana — worth $100,000, according to authorities — stored in two suitcases at his West Boise home belonged to Robins. He admitted providing Robins with a .45-caliber handgun used in the murders and letting Robins drive Douglas and another man to Calloway’s apartment, where the shootings took place May 8, 2014.
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Raider testified that he had numerous conversations with Douglas in the week before the murders. Douglas told him he was going to “take care of the situation” with Calloway and Bailey. Raider also quoted Douglas as saying that he “handles situations like this one.”
Details from the letter were provided in a prosecution filing opposing a motion from Robins to have separate trials for Robins and Douglas. Robins claimed he would be unfairly prejudiced if the letter was introduced into evidence against Douglas. The men are scheduled to be tried together on Jan. 19.
The existence of the letter does not warrant splitting the defendants’ trials, Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Shelley Akamatsu argued in the filing.
A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 23 to take up that and other pretrial motions.
John Sowell: 377-6423; Twitter: @IDS_Sowell