Feds: Couple killed to fuel 'white supremacist' campaign

PORTLAND, Ore. - A host of federal charges, including kidnapping, racketeering and fraud, have been filed against a couple accused of murdering four people last year in a 10-day crime spree spanning Washington, Oregon and California.

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall announced the indictments Friday against David Joseph "Joey" Pedersen, 32, of Portland, and Holly Ann Grigsby, 25, of Portland.

"The indictment in this case alleges horrendous crimes were committed as part of defendants' white-supremacist campaign to kidnap and murder targets on the basis of race, color, religion, and perceived 'degenerate' conduct," said U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall.

Federal charges against the pair include racketeering, conspiracy, using a firearm in a crime of violence that caused death, kidnapping resulting in death, carjacking resulting in death, transportation of stolen vehicles, aggravated identity theft, credit card fraud and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The charges all stem from an alleged 10-day crime spree in September 2011 that began with the shooting death of Pedersen's father, David "Red" Pedersen, 56, and the stabbing death of his stepmother, Leslie Mae "DeeDee" Pedersen, 69.

The two defendants are also accused of killing 19-year-old Cody Myers in Western Oregon because his name sounded Jewish and 53-year-old Reginald Clark near Eureka, Calif., because he was black.

"Joey" Pedersen pleaded guilty in March to the murders of his father and stepmother in a deal that spared him from the death penalty in Washington state. He still faces charges in Oregon and California for the other two killings.

Grigsby still faces trial for all four killings in addition to the federal charges filed against her and Pedersen. She is scheduled to appear for arraignment before a U.S. magistrate judge in Seattle on Aug. 20. "Joey" Pedersen's arraignment will be scheduled in Portland, Ore., in the near future.

"These crimes victimize not only individuals and their families, but entire communities," Marshall said in a statement. "No one should live in fear of being attacked because of their race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. We hope this indictment brings the victims' families one step closer to justice."

The indictment charges that Pedersen and Grigsby were members of a criminal enterprise that engaged in acts of violence and other criminal activity to promote a white supremacist movement to "purify" and "preserve" the white race.

They are also charged with targeting Jewish leaders, members of prominent Jewish organizations, and other "Zionists," and using the media to publicize their movement in an attempt to spark a revolution.

The indictment alleges that Pedersen and Grigsby robbed victims in order to finance the enterprise and obtain cars for transportation, and that they murdered victims to eliminate witnesses and avoid apprehension and prosecution.

Among the specific charges against them:

The murder, kidnapping and robbery of Pedersen's father, David Joseph "Red" Pedersen of Everett on Sept. 26, 2011, the interstate transportation of Red Pedersen's stolen vehicle, and credit card fraud and aggravated identify theft based on their use of Red Pedersen's stolen credit cards

The murder, kidnapping and robbery of Pedersen's stepmother, Leslie "Dee Dee" Pedersen, of Everett, as well as credit card fraud and aggravated identify theft based on their use of her stolen credit cards

The murder, kidnapping and robbery of Cody Faye Myers, of Lafayette, Ore., on Oct. 1, 2011, as well as carjacking, using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence that resulted in death, and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle

The murder, kidnapping and robbery of Reginald Clark, of Eureka, Calif., on Oct. 3, 2011, as well as using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence that resulted in death, and

Being a felon in possession of a firearm, which includes allegations that Pedersen is an armed career criminal.

The federal charges stem from an investigation led by the FBI and assisted by a number of state and local law enforcement agencies.

If convicted, "Joey" Pedersen and Grigsby face the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty, along with huge fines.