Prosecutor: Boise man’s drug ties linked him to Orchard Street murders

Samari Winn
Samari Winn

Samari P. Winn led gunman John C. Douglas to the two Boise men shot and killed because of his connection to the man who ordered the hit, prosecutors say.

Winn, now 36, sold drugs, according to court documents, supplied by Anthony Robins Jr., who split time between homes in Boise and Fremont, Calif.

Robins, 35, and Douglas ,46, of Reading, Penn., were convicted in late January for their roles in killing Travontae Calloway and Elliott Bailey in May 2014. Robins arranged the killings after suspecting the pair of stealing 30 pounds of marijuana, valued at $100,000, from a West Boise home where the pot was stored.

Winn is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting first-degree murder and one count of aiding and abetting attempted first-degree murder. The latter charge stems from shooting Calloway’s girlfriend, who survived.

Winn is scheduled to go to trial March 28. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

Anton P. Raider, 24, who testified against Douglas and Robins, is also listed as a witness in Winn’s trial.

Raider previously testified that he sold drugs in Boise between 2008 and May 2014, when he was arrested following the murders of Calloway, 27, and Bailey, who were killed in Calloway’s apartment at 2178 S. Orchard St.

Raider lived in a home that he shared with Robins on West Maple Court, off Franklin Road west of South Five Mile Road. He was asked by Robins to protect two suitcases full of marijuana that Robins had shipped from Northern California. He left the house for a few hours on Halloween Night 2013 and when he returned the suitcases were gone.

Robins believed that Calloway, who knew the shipment was being delivered, told Bailey and that the two of them stole the marijuana. After the ripoff, Robins told Raider he wanted to meet with Bailey but Bailey refused.

Robins later told Raider he planned to take action against the thieves because “he didn’t want people thinking that they could just rip him off and that stuff would go unhandled,” according to a court filing from prosecutors.

At trial, Raider is expected to testify that on numerous occasions he supplied Winn with drugs shipped by Robins. The testimony is relevant, Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Shelley Akamatsu said in a filing, to prove Winn’s motive and intent in helping with the murders of the men responsible for the marijuana theft.

Two months after the pot heist, Winn moved into the Red Maple rental with Raider and Robins. He spent the evening of the murders with Calloway and Bailey and then allegedly came back with Douglas, who fired at the three victims after Calloway’s girlfriend, Jeanette Juraska opened the door of the apartment.

Douglas and Robins face up to life in prison when they’re sentenced April 15. Douglas was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, while Robins was charged with aiding and abetting murder and attempted murder.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell