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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 22-year-old Boise man has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting attempted murder as part of a plea agreement involving a double homicide in Boise.
KTVB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1Bfuyii) that Anton Philip Raider made the plea Monday in 4th District Court.
Forty-four-year-old John C. Douglas and 35-year-old Samari Winn are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Police say Douglas shot 28-year-old Elliott Bailey and 27-year-old Travontae Calloway at an apartment in Boise on May 8. Calloway's girlfriend was wounded.
Raider had initially been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. The plea deal links Raider to the injury to Calloway's girlfriend, but drops the charges involving the deaths of the two men.
Twin Falls Prosecuting Attorney Grant Loebs is handling the prosecution because of a conflict of interest in the Ada County prosecutor's office. Loebs declined to say whether Raider has agreed to testify against the two other men.
Police say Douglas traveled to Boise from Reading, Pennsylvania, to carry out a contract killing. Prosecutors have not offered a motive, but Winn's defense attorney has said that the theft of 30 pounds of marijuana led to the shootings.
Calloway's girlfriend told authorities that she and Bailey were helping celebrate Calloway's 27th birthday when she answered the doorbell. She said Douglas stepped past Winn into the apartment and started shooting. Calloway's girlfriend was hit in the arm but survived.
Winn was arrested the day after the shootings and Douglas on July 28 and extradited to Idaho.
Raider is also facing federal drug and gun charges resulting from a search of Raider's home after Winn's arrest. Police say they found drugs, a pistol, an AK-47 and another rifle.
Raider is facing up to 15 years in prison on the aiding and abetting attempted murder charge.
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.
Information from: KTVB-TV, http://www.ktvb.com/