Crime

Jury takes four hours to convict two in Boise double murder

John Douglas (yellow) and Anthony Robins (orange) at a court hearing in March 2015.
John Douglas (yellow) and Anthony Robins (orange) at a court hearing in March 2015. Idaho Statesman file

John C. Douglas, 46, of Reading, Penn., could get life in prison when he is sentenced in April for killing Travontae Calloway and Elliott Bailey in May 2014.

So could Anthony Robins Jr. The 35-year-old drug producer from Fremont, Calif., was convicted of hiring the hit man, reportedly because he believed the two Boise men had stolen 30 pounds of marijuana from him. Aiding and abetting both first-degree murders and the attempted murder of Calloway’s girlfriend carries the same possible penalty as pulling the trigger, Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Shelley Akamatsu said.

After four days of testimony from 20 witnesses, an Ada County jury deliberated just four hours before returning the verdicts Thursday morning, Akamatsu said. They began deliberating Wednesday at 2:45 p.m., stopped for the day at 5 p.m., and then resumed the next morning, she said.

Calloway’s girlfriend, Jeanette Juraska, told the jury that Douglas, whom she knew as “Big Man,” pushed his way into the Orchard Street apartment where she, Bailey and Calloway were celebrating Calloway’s 27th birthday. Douglas opened fire, killing both men and wounding Juraska in the arm, according to testimony.

Prosecutors said Robins not only arranged the killings, but also bought the murder weapon and drove the getaway van.

Akamatsu praised Boise police for “working really hard on the case,” including poring over records from numerous cell towers to help pinpoint the defendants’ location at key times.

A third suspect in the double murder, Samari Winn, is scheduled to stand trial March 28 for leading Douglas to the apartment that night. Charged with aiding and abetting the murders and attempted murder, Winn was the first of the three suspects to be arrested — three days after the May 9, 2014, killings.

Douglas was arrested in July 2014 and Robins in January 2015. Robins was defended by Brian McMonagle, a prominent Philadelphia lawyer who also represents Bill Cosby.

Sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 15.

Kristin Rodine: 208-377-6447

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