- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - There’s enough evidence to go forward with a trial for two men involved in what police say is a contract killing that left two Boise men dead, a southwest Idaho judge has ruled.

At the preliminary hearing Monday in 4th District Court, 44-year-old John Douglas of Reading, Pennsylvania, was bound over for trial to face two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

The judge also ruled that 34-year-old Anthony Robins of Fremont, California, can be tried on two charges of aiding and abetting first-degree murder and one count of aiding and abetting attempted first-degree murder.

Police say Robins arranged for Douglas to carry out the May 8 shooting deaths of 27-year-old Travontae Calloway and 28-year-old Elliott Bailey following the theft of 30 pounds of marijuana that Robins blamed on Calloway and Bailey.

Jeanette Juraska testified Monday that when she answered the door on the day of the killings a man she identified as Douglas entered, shooting her boyfriend, Calloway, and his best friend. Juraska testified that Douglas then started shooting at her, striking her in the arm, but she escaped up a staircase.

“I know he is the person who shot at me,” said Juraska.

Police say another man, 35-year-old Samari Winn of Boise, led Douglas to the home where the killings took place. Winn is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

A fourth man, 22-year-old Anton Philip Raider, in December pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting attempted murder. Raider had initially been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. The plea deal links Raider to the injury to Juraska, but drops the charges involving the deaths of the two men. Raider also pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug crime.

Police say a white cargo van used by Douglas and Winn on the night of the killings was registered in Raider’s name. Police also say they found a gun case for the weapon used in the killings in Raider’s room.

Raider on Monday testified against Douglas and Robins. He said Robins supplied him with marijuana and cocaine to sell since he was 16 or 17. He said Robins was angry after the theft of 30 pounds of marijuana delivered to the house.

Raider said Robins always planned to retaliate but waited several months so it wouldn’t appear the killings and marijuana theft were linked.

Douglas and Robins are next scheduled to appear in court on April 2.

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